Volume 644, December 2020
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||30 November 2020|
Detection likelihood of cluster-induced CMB polarization
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QH, UK
2 School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
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3 Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA, 92093, USA
Accepted: 30 September 2020
Nearby galaxy clusters can potentially induce sub-microkelvin polarization signals in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at characteristic scales of a few arcminutes. We explore four such polarization signals induced in a rich nearby fiducial cluster and calculate the likelihood of their detection by a telescope project with capabilities such as those of the Simons Observatory (SO). In our feasibility analysis, we include instrumental noise, primordial CMB anisotropy, statistical thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) cluster signal, and point source confusion, assuming a few percent of the nominal telescope observation time of an SO-like project. Our analysis indicates that the thermal SZ intensity can be sensitively mapped in rich nearby clusters and that the kinematic SZ intensity can be measured with high statistical significance toward a fast moving nearby cluster. The detection of polarized SZ signals will be quite challenging but could still be feasible toward several very rich nearby clusters with very high SZ intensity. The polarized SZ signal from a sample of ∼20 clusters can be statistically detected at S/N ∼ 3, if observed for several months.
Key words: galaxies: clusters: general / cosmic background radiation / polarization
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