CMB lensing and primordial squeezed non-gaussianity

Pearson, Ruth, Lewis, Antony and Regan, Donough (2012) CMB lensing and primordial squeezed non-gaussianity. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 12 (3). ISSN 1475-7516

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Abstract

Squeezed primordial non-Gaussianity can strongly constrain early-universe physics, but it can only be observed on the CMB after it has been gravitationally lensed. We give a new simple non-perturbative prescription for accurately calculating the effect of lensing on any squeezed primordial bispectrum shape, and test it with simulations. We give the generalization to polarization bispectra, and discuss the effect of lensing on the trispectrum. We explain why neglecting the lensing smoothing effect does not significantly bias estimators of local primordial non-Gaussianity, even though the change in shape can be >~10%. We also show how tau_NL trispectrum estimators can be well approximated by much simpler CMB temperature modulation estimators, and hence that there is potentially a ~10-30% bias due to very large-scale lensing modes, depending on the range of modulation scales included. Including dipole sky modulations can halve the tau_NL error bar if kinematic effects can be subtracted using known properties of the CMB temperature dipole. Lensing effects on the g_NL trispectrum are small compared to the error bar. In appendices we give the general result for lensing of any primordial bispectrum, and show how any full-sky squeezed bispectrum can be decomposed into orthogonal modes of distinct angular dependence.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB0980 Cosmogony. Cosmology
Depositing User: Antony Lewis
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 14:52
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 14:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41384
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