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Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 7-yr constraints on <i>f</i><sub>NL</sub> with a fast wavelet estimator

B. Casaponsa, R. B. Barreiro, A. Curto, E. Martínez-González and P. Vielva

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 411, issue 3, pages 2019-2025
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online February 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17832.x
Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 7-yr constraints on fNL with a fast wavelet estimator

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A new method to constrain the local non-linear coupling parameter based on a fast wavelet decomposition is presented. Using a multiresolution wavelet adapted to the healpix pixelization, we have developed a method that is ∼102 times faster than previous estimators based on isotropic wavelets and ∼103 faster than the KSW bispectrum estimator, at the resolution of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data. The method has been applied to the WMAP 7-yr V+W combined map, imposing constraints on of at the 95 per cent CL. This result has been obtained after correcting for the contribution of the residual point sources which has been estimated to be . In addition, a Gaussianity analysis of the data has been carried out using the third-order moments of the wavelet coefficients, finding consistency with Gaussianity. Although the constraints imposed on are less stringent than those found with optimal estimators, we believe that a very fast method, as the one proposed in this work, can be very useful, especially bearing in mind the large amount of data that will be provided by future experiments, such as the Planck satellite. Moreover, the localization of wavelets allows one to carry out analyses on different regions of the sky. As an application, we have separately analysed the two hemispheres defined by the dipolar modulation proposed by Hoftuft et al. We do not find any significant asymmetry regarding the estimated value of in those hemispheres.

Keywords: methods: data analysis; cosmic background radiation

Journal Article.  4934 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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