CMB power spectra from cosmic strings: Predictions for the Planck satellite and beyond

Bevis, Neil, Hindmarsh, Mark, Kunz, Martin and Urrestilla, Jon (2010) CMB power spectra from cosmic strings: Predictions for the Planck satellite and beyond. Physical Review D, 82 (6). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1550-7998

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We present a significant improvement over our previous calculations of the cosmic string contribution to cosmic microwave background (CMB) power spectra, with particular focus on sub-WMAP angular scales. These smaller scales are relevant for the now-operational Planck satellite and additional suborbital CMB projects that have even finer resolutions. We employ larger Abelian Higgs string simulations than before and we additionally model and extrapolate the statistical measures from our simulations to smaller length scales. We then use an efficient means of including the extrapolations into our Einstein-Boltzmann calculations in order to yield accurate results over the multipole range 2 <= l <= 4000. Our results suggest that power-law behavior cuts in for l greater than or similar to 3000 in the case of the temperature power spectrum, which then allows cautious extrapolation to even smaller scales. We find that a string contribution to the temperature power spectrum making up 10% of power at l = 10 would be larger than the Silk-damped primary adiabatic contribution for l greater than or similar to 3500. Astrophysical contributions such as the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect also become important at these scales and will reduce the sensitivity to strings, but these are potentially distinguishable by their frequency-dependence.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article Number: 065004
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Mark Hindmarsh
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:35
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 01:18

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