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Extracting the late-time kinetic Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect

Munshi, D., Iliev, I. T., Dixon, K. L. and Coles, Peter 2016. Extracting the late-time kinetic Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 463 (3) , pp. 2425-2442. 10.1093/mnras/stw2067

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We propose a novel technique to separate the late-time, post-reionization component of the kinetic Sunyaev–Zeldovich (kSZ) effect from the contribution to it from a (poorly understood and probably patchy) reionization history. The kSZ effect is one of the most promising probe of the missing baryons in the Universe. We study the possibility of reconstructing it in three dimensions (3D), using future spectroscopic surveys such as the Euclid survey. By reconstructing a 3D template from galaxy density and peculiar velocity fields from spectroscopic surveys we cross-correlate the estimator against CMB maps. The resulting cross-correlation can help us to map out the kSZ contribution to CMB in 3D as a function of redshift thereby extending previous results which use tomographic reconstruction. This allows the separation of the late-time effect from the contribution owing to reionization. By construction, it avoids contamination from foregrounds, primary CMB, tSZ effect as well as from star-forming galaxies. Due to a high number density of galaxies the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) for such cross-correlational studies is higher, compared to the studies involving CMB power-spectrum analysis. Using a spherical Bessel–Fourier (sFB) transform we introduce a pair of 3D power spectra: C ∥ ℓ (k) Cℓ∥(k) and C ⊥ ℓ (k) Cℓ⊥(k) that can be used for this purpose. We find that in a future spectroscopic survey with near all-sky coverage and a survey depth of z ≈ 1, reconstruction of C ⊥ ℓ (k) Cℓ⊥(k) can be achieved in a few radial wave bands k ≈ (0.01–0.5 h− 1 Mpc) with a S/N ratio of up to O(10) O(10) for angular harmonics in the range ℓ = (200–2000).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: methods: analytical, methods: numerical, methods: statistical
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0035-8711
Funders: STFC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 August 2016
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 03:41

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