Journal Article

Lensed CMB temperature and polarization maps from the Millennium Simulation

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

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 396, issue 2, pages 668-679
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.14746.x
Lensed CMB temperature and polarization maps from the Millennium Simulation

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We have constructed the first all-sky cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature and polarization lensed maps based on a high-resolution cosmological N-body simulation, the Millennium Simulation (MS). We have exploited the lensing potential map obtained using a previously developed map-making procedure which integrates along the line-of-sight the MS dark matter distribution by stacking and randomizing the simulation boxes up to z= 127, and which semi-analytically supplies the large-scale power in the angular lensing potential that is not correctly sampled by the N-body simulation. The lensed sky has been obtained by properly modifying the latest version of the LensPix code to account for the MS structures. We have also produced all-sky lensed maps of the so-called ψE and ψB potentials, which are directly related to the electric and magnetic types of polarization. The angular power spectra of the simulated lensed temperature and polarization maps agree well with semi-analytic estimates up to l≤ 2500, while on smaller scales we find a slight excess of power which we interpret as being due to non-linear clustering in the MS. We also observe how non-linear lensing power in the polarized CMB is transferred to large angular scales by suitably misaligned modes in the CMB and the lensing potential. This work is relevant in view of the future CMB probes, as a way to analyse the lensed sky and disentangle the contribution from primordial gravitational waves.

Keywords: gravitational lensing; cosmic microwave background

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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