Journal Article

Modelling the correlation between the thermal Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect and the cosmic infrared background

G. E. Addison, J. Dunkley and D. N. Spergel

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 427, issue 2, pages 1741-1754
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online December 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.21664.x
Modelling the correlation between the thermal Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect and the cosmic infrared background

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We show how the correlation between the thermal Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect (tSZ) from galaxy clusters and dust emission from cosmic infrared background (CIB) sources can be calculated in a halo model framework. Using recent tSZ and CIB models, we find that the size of the tSZ×CIB cross-correlation is approximately 20 per cent at 150 GHz. The contribution to the total angular power spectrum is around -2 μK2 at ℓ = 3000; however, this value is uncertain by a factor of 2–3, primarily because of CIB source modelling uncertainties. We expect the large uncertainty in this component to degrade upper limits on the kinematic Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect (kSZ), due to similarity in the frequency dependence of tSZ×CIB and kSZ across the frequency range probed by current cosmic microwave background missions. We also find that the degree of tSZ×CIB correlation is higher for mm×sub-mm spectra than mm×mm, because more of the sub-mm CIB originates at lower redshifts (z ≲ 2), where most tSZ clusters are found.

Keywords: galaxies: clusters: general; cosmic background radiation; cosmology: theory; infrared: diffuse background; submillimetre: galaxies

Journal Article.  8758 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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