The detection of the expected souces of the reionization of the Universe is one of the prominent MOSAIC science case. We simulated the detection of UV interstellar lines at z = 7 and the detection of the Ly-alpha line and the Lyman break at z = 9, both with MOAO-assisted IFUs and GLAO-fed fibers. The simulations show that the most constraining case is the detection of UV interstellar lines. The optimal pixel size is found to be ~80 mas, which allows detecting UV lines up to JAB ~ 27 in 40 hours of integration time. Lyman Alpha Emitters and Lyman Break Galaxies are detected respectively up to JAB ~ 29-30 and JAB ~ 28 with an 80 mas/pixel IFU and within only 10 hours of integration time. Detection limits are typically ~ 0.5-1 mag fainter using MOAO-fed IFUs than using GLAO-fed fibers, but the multiplex is one magnitude larger in the mode using GLAO-fed fibers. Further details can be found in Disseau et al. (2014).


Simulated IFU observations of z~9, JAB=29 Lyman Alpha Emitters. Top panel: an integrated spectrum was constructed from the simulated IFU observations. The resulting spectrum shows the line can be detected after a 10 hr exposure time with MOSAIC IFUs on the E-ELT. Bottom panel: same simulations using a 0.4 arcsec mono-fiber aperture.

Upper panel: z~10 candidate in the Hubble Ultra Deep FIeld (Bouwens et al. 2011). Lower panel: Planned followup of the z~10 candidate with the MOSAIC IFU (left). The expected spectra of the candidate as observed by MOSAIC at E-ELT in 10h of integration time is shown ih the lower right panel (Disseau et al. 2014).

Adapted from Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2009-2010 and UDFj-39546284. Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (University of California, Santa Cruz, and Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team.



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