Journal Article

Full-sky maps for gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background

Carmelita Carbone, Volker Springel, Carlo Baccigalupi, Matthias Bartelmann and Sabino Matarrese

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 388, issue 4, pages 1618-1626
Published in print August 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Full-sky maps for gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background

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We use the large cosmological Millennium Simulation (MS) to construct the first all-sky maps of the lensing potential and the angle, aiming at gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), with the goal of properly including small-scale non-linearities and non-Gaussianity. Exploiting the Born approximation, we implement a map-making procedure based on direct ray tracing through the gravitational potential of the MS. We stack the simulation box in redshift shells up to z∼ 11, producing continuous all-sky maps with arcmin angular resolution. A randomization scheme avoids the repetition of structures along the line of sight, and structures larger than the MS box size are added to supply the missing contribution of large-scale (LS) structures to the lensing signal. The angular power spectra of the projected lensing potential and the deflection-angle modulus agree quite well with semi-analytic estimates on scales down to a few arcmin, while we find a slight excess of power on small scales, which we interpret as being due to non-linear clustering in the MS. Our map-making procedure, combined with the LS adding technique, is ideally suited for studying lensing of CMB anisotropies, for analysing cross-correlations with foreground structures, or other secondary CMB anisotropies such as the Rees–Sciama effect.

Keywords: gravitational lensing; cosmic microwave background

Journal Article.  6280 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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