Detecting and distinguishing topological defects in future data from the CMBPol satellite

Mukherjee, Pia, Urrestilla, Jon, Kunz, Martin, Liddle, Andrew R, Bevis, Neil and Hindmarsh, Mark (2011) Detecting and distinguishing topological defects in future data from the CMBPol satellite. Physical Review D, 83 (4). 043003. ISSN 1550-7998

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Abstract

The proposed CMBPol mission will be able to detect the imprint of topological defects on the CMB provided the contribution is sufficiently strong. We quantify the detection threshold for cosmic strings and for textures, and analyze the satellite's ability to distinguish between these different types of defects. We also assess the level of danger of misidentification of a defect signature as from the wrong defect type or as an effect of primordial gravitational waves. A 0.002 fractional contribution of cosmic strings to the CMB temperature spectrum at multipole ten, and similarly a 0.001 fractional contribution of textures, can be detected and correctly identified at the 3 level. We also confirm that a tensor contribution of r=0.0018 can be detected at over 3, in agreement with the CMBPol mission concept study. These results are supported by a model selection analysis.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Andrew Liddle
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:28
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20761

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