Predicting the CIB-φ contamination in the cross-correlation of the tSZ effect and φ
Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS (UMR 8617) and Université Paris-Sud
Received: 21 January 2015
Accepted: 6 February 2015
The recent release of Planck data gives access to a full sky coverage of the thermal Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (tSZ) effect and of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) lensing potential (φ). The cross-correlation of these two probes of the large-scale structures in the Universe is a powerful tool for testing cosmological models, especially in the context of the difference between galaxy clusters and CMB for the best-fitting cosmological parameters. However, the tSZ effect maps are highly contaminated by cosmic infra-red background (CIB) fluctuations. Unlike other astrophysical components, the spatial distribution of CIB varies with frequency. Thus it cannot be completely removed from a tSZ Compton parameter map, which is constructed from a linear combination of multiple frequency maps. We have estimated the contamination of the CIB-φ correlation in the tSZ-φ power-spectrum. We considered linear combinations that reconstruct the tSZ Compton parameter from Planck frequency maps. We conclude that even in an optimistic case, the CIB-φ contamination is significant with respect to the tSZ-φ signal itself. Consequently, we stress that tSZ-φ analyses that are based on Compton parameter maps are highly limited by the bias produced by CIB-φ contamination.
Key words: galaxies: clusters: general / cosmological parameters / large-scale structure of Universe / cosmic background radiation / galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium / infrared: diffuse background
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