Published April 2, 2020 | Version v1
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Lyman-alpha tomographic map of the large-scale matter distribution using the eBOSS - Stripe 82 data

  • 1. CEA Saclay


Lyman-alpha tomography map using DR16 eBOSS data

This data release contains products associated to the Lyman-alpha large-scale tomographic map realized with the 16th data release of SDSS-eBOSS. The densest Lyman-alpha forest set of eBOSS in the Stripe 82 field is used : 220 deg2 wide field with a 37 deg-2 density. A Lyman-alpha flux contrast map over a volume of 0.94 h-3Gpc3 is obtained. Voids and protoclusters are detected in this portion of the sky.

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All the data detailed below can be opened by using the short python script

Pixels and map data

The pixel file pixels_lya_tomography_stripe82.bin was used to create the Lya tomographic map map_lya_tomography_stripe82.bin by using the dachshund algorithm (

Pixel and map file are in the binary numpy format. Pixels are created from 8999 Lya forests positioned from -43° to +45° in the RA(J2000) direction, from -1.25° to +1.25° in the DEC(J2000) direction and from z=2.1 to z=3.2. The (RA,DEC,z) coordinates are converted to (X,Y,Z) coordinates in Mpc.h-1. The pixel file shares the same origin than the map. Each pixel is defined by a set of five floats corresponding to (X, Y, Z, σ, 𝛿) where 𝛿 is the Lyman-alpha flux contrast and σ its associated error based on pipeline noise.

The map is also a binary numpy file. It contains a (6354,181,834) Mpc.h-1 cube of Lyman-alpha flux contrast with a pixel shape (2928,90,417). The origin of the map (0,0,0) corresponds to the coordinates RA=-43°, DEC=-1.25° and z=2.1 and in the cube coordinate to (X,Y,Z)=(0,0,0) Mpc.h-1.

Note that to obtain this map, the pixel file was first separated to parallelize the tomographic procedure. In comparison to the map detailed in the linked article, this map is rebinned to be less voluminous. Furthermore, a mask is applied to the map where the distance to the nearest line-of-sight of the pixel file is below 20 Mpc.h-1. At these locations, map flux contrast is put to 0.


Derived catalog data

Voids and proto-cluster searches are applied to the tomographic map. The results of this procedure, along with additional catalog cut is given in this data release. Catalogs of voids (catalog_voids_lya_stripe82_*.fits) and proto-clusters (catalog_protoclusters_lya_stripe82_*.fits) are given in the (X,Y,Z) and (RA,DEC,z) coordinates of the map, sharing the same origin. The catalogs are in the FITS format which can be opened with the fitsio python library.


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  • Ravoux et al. (2020), data associated with