The small scale angular anisotropy at 145 GHz as seen by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope

Dr. Carlos Hernández-Monteagudo

Abstract

The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) has been observing the southern sky in the millimeter range with an angular resolution at the arc-minute level. An analysis of 228 square degrees observed at 148 GHz along a stripe centered at declination -53 degrees reveals the presence of the Silk damping tail in the temperature angular power spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). This decaying tail becomes truncated by a rising spectrum at scales corresponding to few arcmins (l ~ 3000) whose origin is compatible with a unclustered population of unresolved point sources and some residual anisotropy due to Compton scattering of CMB photons off free electrons (the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect). Comparisons with other observations and constraints on different components giving rise to this secondary spectrum are discussed.

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The small scale angular anisotropy at 145 GHz as seen by the Atacama Cosmology Telescope
Dr. Carlos Hernández-Monteagudo
Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany
Tuesday February 23, 2010
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