Constraints on variation in α and me from WMAP 7-year data
Departamento de Física, FCEyN, Universidad de Buenos Aires,
Ciudad Universitaria - Pab. 1, 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild Str. 1, Postfach 1317, 85741 Garching, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 4 May 2010
Aims. We update the constraints on the time variation of the fine structure constant α and the electron mass me, using the latest CMB data, including the 7-yr release of WMAP.
Methods. We made statistical analyses of the variation of each one of the constants and of their joint variation, together with the basic set of cosmological parameters. We used a modified version of CAMB and COSMOMC to account for these possible variations.
Results. We present bounds on the variation of the constants for different data sets, and show how results depend on them. When using the latest CMB data plus the power spectrum from Sloan Digital Sky Survey LRG, we find that α/ = 0.986 ± 0.007 at 1-σ level, when the 6 basic cosmological parameters were fitted, and only variation in α was allowed. The constraints in the case of variation of both constants are α/ = 0.986 ± 0.009 and me/me0 = 0.999 ± 0.035. In the case of only variation in me, the bound is m e/me0 = 0.964 ± 0.025.
Key words: cosmic background radiation / cosmological parameters / early Universe
© ESO, 2010