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High-resolution CMB power spectrum from the complete ACBAR data set

Reichardt, C.L., Ade, Peter A. R., Bock, J. J., Bond, J. R., Brevik, J. A., Contaldi, C. R., Daub, M. D., Dempsey, J. T., Goldstein, J. H., Holzapfel, W. L., Kuo, C. L., Lange, A. E., Lueker, M., Newcomb, M., Peterson, J. B., Ruhl, J., Runyan, M. C. and Staniszewski, Z. 2009. High-resolution CMB power spectrum from the complete ACBAR data set. Astrophysical Journal 694 (2) , pp. 1200-1219. 10.1088/0004-637X/694/2/1200

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Abstract

In this paper, we present results from the complete set of cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation temperature anisotropy observations made with the Arcminute Cosmology Bolometer Array Receiver (ACBAR) operating at 150 GHz. We include new data from the final 2005 observing season, expanding the number of detector hours by 210% and the sky coverage by 490% over that used for the previous ACBAR release. As a result, the band-power uncertainties have been reduced by more than a factor of two on angular scales encompassing the third to fifth acoustic peaks as well as the damping tail of the CMB power spectrum. The calibration uncertainty has been reduced from 6% to 2.1% in temperature through a direct comparison of the CMB anisotropy measured by ACBAR with that of the dipole-calibrated WMAP5 experiment. The measured power spectrum is consistent with a spatially flat, ΛCDM cosmological model. We include the effects of weak lensing in the power spectrum model computations and find that this significantly improves the fits of the models to the combined ACBAR+WMAP5 power spectrum. The preferred strength of the lensing is consistent with theoretical expectations. On fine angular scales, there is weak evidence (1.1σ) for excess power above the level expected from primary anisotropies. We expect any excess power to be dominated by the combination of emission from dusty protogalaxies and the Sunyaev–Zel’dovich effect (SZE). However, the excess observed by ACBAR is significantly smaller than the excess power at � > 2000 reported by the CBI experiment operating at 30 GHz. Therefore, while it is unlikely that the CBI excess has a primordial origin; the combined ACBAR and CBI results are consistent with the source of the CBI excess being either the SZE or radio source contamination

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cosmic microwave background; Cosmology: observations
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/7253

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