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Open Access item Improved constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity for the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 5-yr data

Authors:Curto, A.
Martínez-González, Enrique
Barreiro, R. Belén
Keywords:Methods: data analysis, Cosmic microwave background, Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
Issue Date:9-Feb-2009
Citation:arXiv:0902.1523v1 [astro-ph.CO]
Abstract:We present new constraints on the non-linear coupling parameter f(nl) with the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data. We use a method based on the spherical Mexican hat wavelet (SMHW) which provides improved constraints on the f(nl) parameter. This paper is a continuation of a previous work by Curto et al. where several third order statistics based on the SMHW were considered. In this paper, we use all the possible third order statistics computed from the wavelet coefficient maps evaluated at 12 angular scales. The scales are logarithmically distributed from 6.9 arcmin to 500 arcmin. Our analysis indicates that fnl is constrained to -18 < f(nl) < +80 at 95% confidence level (CL) for the combined V+W WMAP map. This value has been corrected by the presence of undetected point sources, which adds a positive contribution of Δf(nl) = 6 ± 5. Our result excludes at ~99% CL the best-fitting value f(nl)=87 reported by Yadav & Wandelt. We have also constrained f(nl) for the Q, V and W frequency bands separately, finding compatibility with zero at 95 % CL for the Q and V bands but not for the W band. We have performed some further tests to understand the cause of this deviation which indicate that systematics associated to the W radiometers could be responsible for this result. Finally we have performed a Galactic North-South analysis for f(nl). We have not found any asymmetry, i.e. the best-fitting f(nl) for the northern pixels is compatible with the best-fitting f(nl) for the southern pixels.
Description:5 pages, 3 figures, 4 tables.
Publisher version (URL):http://arxiv.org/abs/0902.1523
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/10639
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