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Cosmological parameters from pre-Planck CMB measurements: a 2017 update

Calabrese, Erminia, Hložek, Renée A., Bond, J. Richard, Devlin, Mark J., Dunkley, Joanna, Halpern, Mark, Hincks, Adam D., Irwin, Kent D., Kosowsky, Arthur, Moodley, Kavilan, Newburgh, Laura B., Niemack, Michael D., Page, Lyman A., Sherwin, Blake D., Sievers, Jonathan L., Spergel, David N., Staggs, Suzanne T. and Wollack, Edward J. 2017. Cosmological parameters from pre-Planck CMB measurements: a 2017 update. Physical Review D 95 (6) , 063525. 10.1103/PhysRevD.95.063525

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Abstract

We present cosmological constraints from the combination of the full mission nine-year WMAP release and small-scale temperature data from the pre-Planck Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and South Pole Telescope (SPT) generation of instruments. This is an update of the analysis presented in Calabrese et al. [Phys. Rev. D 87, 103012 (2013)], and highlights the impact on ΛCDM cosmology of a 0.06 eV massive neutrino—which was assumed in the Planck analysis but not in the ACT/SPT analyses—and a Planck-cleaned measurement of the optical depth to reionization. We show that cosmological constraints are now strong enough that small differences in assumptions about reionization and neutrino mass give systematic differences which are clearly detectable in the data. We recommend that these updated results be used when comparing cosmological constraints from WMAP, ACT and SPT with other surveys or with current and future full-mission Planck cosmology. Cosmological parameter chains are publicly available on the NASA’s LAMBDA data archive.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 2470-0010
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 16 March 2017
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 14:32
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101387

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