Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1308.0837 (András Kovács et al.)

Phase statistics of the WMAP 7 year data    [PDF]

András Kovács, István Szapudi, Zsolt Frei
We performed a comprehensive statistical analysis using complex phases of the a_lm coefficients computed from the most recent data of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP). Our aim was to confirm or constrain the presence of non-Gaussianities in the data. We found phase correlations - that suggest non-Gaussianity - at high-l in a_lm coefficients by applying various statistical tests. Most of all, we detected a non-Gaussian signal reaching a significance of 4.7 sigma using random walk statistics and simulations. However, our conclusion is that the non-Gaussian behavior is due to contamination from galactic foregrounds that show up in small scales only. When masked out the contaminated regions, we found no significant non-Gaussianity. Furthermore, we constrained the f_NL parameter using CMB simulations that mimic primordial non-Gaussianity. Our estimate is f_NL=40 +/- 200, in agreement with previous measurements and inflationary expectations.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0837

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