Issue 
A&A
Volume 594, October 2016
Planck 2015 results



Article Number  A13  
Number of page(s)  63  
Section  Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)  
DOI  https://doi.org/10.1051/00046361/201525830  
Published online  20 September 2016 
Planck 2015 results
XIII. Cosmological parameters
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Corresponding author: G. Efstathiou, email: gpe@ast.cam.ac.uk
Received: 6 February 2015
Accepted: 4 June 2016
This paper presents cosmological results based on fullmission Planck observations of temperature and polarization anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. Our results are in very good agreement with the 2013 analysis of the Planck nominalmission temperature data, but with increased precision. The temperature and polarization power spectra are consistent with the standard spatiallyflat 6parameter ΛCDM cosmology with a powerlaw spectrum of adiabatic scalar perturbations (denoted “base ΛCDM” in this paper). From the Planck temperature data combined with Planck lensing, for this cosmology we find a Hubble constant, H_{0} = (67.8 ± 0.9) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}, a matter density parameter Ω_{m} = 0.308 ± 0.012, and a tilted scalar spectral index with n_{s} = 0.968 ± 0.006, consistent with the 2013 analysis. Note that in this abstract we quote 68% confidence limits on measured parameters and 95% upper limits on other parameters. We present the first results of polarization measurements with the Low Frequency Instrument at large angular scales. Combined with the Planck temperature and lensing data, these measurements give a reionization optical depth of τ = 0.066 ± 0.016, corresponding to a reionization redshift of . These results are consistent with those from WMAP polarization measurements cleaned for dust emission using 353GHz polarization maps from the High Frequency Instrument. We find no evidence for any departure from base ΛCDM in the neutrino sector of the theory; for example, combining Planck observations with other astrophysical data we find N_{eff} = 3.15 ± 0.23 for the effective number of relativistic degrees of freedom, consistent with the value N_{eff} = 3.046 of the Standard Model of particle physics. The sum of neutrino masses is constrained to ∑ m_{ν} < 0.23 eV. The spatial curvature of our Universe is found to be very close to zero, with  Ω_{K}  < 0.005. Adding a tensor component as a singleparameter extension to base ΛCDM we find an upper limit on the tensortoscalar ratio of r_{0.002}< 0.11, consistent with the Planck 2013 results and consistent with the Bmode polarization constraints from a joint analysis of BICEP2, Keck Array, and Planck (BKP) data. Adding the BKP Bmode data to our analysis leads to a tighter constraint of r_{0.002} < 0.09 and disfavours inflationarymodels with a V(φ) ∝ φ^{2} potential. The addition of Planck polarization data leads to strong constraints on deviations from a purely adiabatic spectrum of fluctuations. We find no evidence for any contribution from isocurvature perturbations or from cosmic defects. Combining Planck data with other astrophysical data, including Type Ia supernovae, the equation of state of dark energy is constrained to w = −1.006 ± 0.045, consistent with the expected value for a cosmological constant. The standard big bang nucleosynthesis predictions for the helium and deuterium abundances for the bestfit Planck base ΛCDM cosmology are in excellent agreement with observations. We also constraints on annihilating dark matter and on possible deviations from the standard recombination history. In neither case do we find no evidence for new physics. The Planck results for base ΛCDM are in good agreement with baryon acoustic oscillation data and with the JLA sample of Type Ia supernovae. However, as in the 2013 analysis, the amplitude of the fluctuation spectrum is found to be higher than inferred from some analyses of rich cluster counts and weak gravitational lensing. We show that these tensions cannot easily be resolved with simple modifications of the base ΛCDM cosmology. Apart from these tensions, the base ΛCDM cosmology provides an excellent description of the Planck CMB observations and many other astrophysical data sets.
Key words: cosmology: observations / cosmology: theory / cosmic background radiation / cosmological parameters
© ESO, 2016
1. Introduction
The cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation offers an extremely powerful way of testing the origin of fluctuations and of constraining the matter content, geometry, and latetime evolution of the Universe. Following the discovery of anisotropies in the CMB by the COBE satellite (Smoot et al. 1992), groundbased, suborbital experiments and notably the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite (Bennett et al. 2003, 2013) have mapped the CMB anisotropies with increasingly high precision, providing a wealth of new information on cosmology.
Planck^{1} is the thirdgeneration space mission, following COBE and WMAP, dedicated to measurements of the CMB anisotropies. The first cosmological results from Planck were reported in a series of papers (for an overview see Planck Collaboration I 2014, and references therein) together with a public release of the first 15.5 months of temperature data (which we will refer to as the nominal mission data). Constraints on cosmological parameters from Planck were reported in Planck Collaboration XVI (2014)^{2}. The Planck 2013 analysis showed that the temperature power spectrum from Planck was remarkably consistent with a spatially flat ΛCDM cosmology specified by six parameters, which we will refer to as the base ΛCDM model. However, the cosmological parameters of this model were found to be in tension, typically at the 2−3σ level, with some other astronomical measurements, most notably direct estimates of the Hubble constant (Riess et al. 2011), the matter density determined from distant supernovae (Conley et al. 2011; Rest et al. 2014), and estimates of the amplitude of the fluctuation spectrum from weak gravitational lensing (Heymans et al. 2013; Mandelbaum et al. 2013) and the abundance of rich clusters of galaxies (Planck Collaboration XX 2014; Benson et al. 2013; Hasselfield et al. 2013b). As reported in the revised version of PCP13, and discussed further in Sect. 5, some of these tensions have been resolved with the acquisition of more astrophysical data, while other new tensions have emerged.
The primary goal of this paper is to present the results from the full Planck mission, including a first analysis of the Planck polarization data. In addition, this paper introduces some refinements in data analysis and addresses the effects of small instrumental systematics discovered (or better understood) since PCP13 appeared.
The Planck 2013 data were not entirely free of systematic effects. The Planck instruments and analysis chains are complex and our understanding of systematics has improved since PCP13. The most important of these was the incomplete removal of linelike features in the power spectrum of the timeordered data, caused by interference of the 4K cooler electronics with the bolometer readout electronics. This resulted in correlated systematics across detectors, leading to a small “dip” in the power spectra at multipoles ℓ ≈ 1800 at 217 GHz, which is most noticeable in the first sky survey. Various tests were presented in PCP13 that suggested that this systematic caused only small shifts to cosmological parameters. Further analyses, based on the full mission data from the HFI (29 months, 4.8 sky surveys) are consistent with this conclusion (see Sect. 3). In addition, we discovered a minor error in the beam transfer functions applied to the 2013 217GHz spectra, which had negligible impact on the scientific results. Another feature of the Planck data, not fully understood at the time of the 2013 data release, was a 2.6% calibration offset (in power) between Planck and WMAP (reported in PCP13, see also Planck Collaboration XXXI 2014). As discussed in Appendix A of PCP13, the 2013 Planck and WMAP power spectra agree to high precision if this multiplicative factor is taken into account and it has no significant impact on cosmological parameters apart from a rescaling of the amplitude of the primordial fluctuation spectrum. The reasons for the 2013 calibration offsets are now largely understood and in the 2015 release the calibrations of both Planck instruments and WMAP are consistent to within about 0.3% in power (see Planck Collaboration I 2016, for further details). In addition, the Planck beams have been characterized more accurately in the 2015 data release and there have been minor modifications to the lowlevel data processing.
The layout of this paper is as follows. Section 2 summarizes a number of small changes to the parameter estimation methodology since PCP13. The full mission temperature and polarization power spectra are presented in Sect. 3. The first subsection (Sect. 3.1) discusses the changes in the cosmological parameters of the base ΛCDM cosmology compared to those presented in 2013. Section 3.2 presents an assessment of the impact of foreground cleaning (using the 545GHz maps) on the cosmological parameters of the base ΛCDM model. The power spectra and associated likelihoods are presented in Sect. 3.3. This subsection also discusses the internal consistency of the PlanckTT, TE, and EE spectra. The agreement of TE and EE with the TT spectra provides an important additional test of the accuracy of our foreground corrections to the TT spectra at high multipoles.
PCP13 used the WMAP polarization likelihood at low multipoles to constrain the reionization optical depth parameter τ. The 2015 analysis replaces the WMAP likelihood with polarization data from the Planck Low Frequency Instrument (LFI, Planck Collaboration II 2016). The impact of this change on τ is discussed in Sect. 3.4, which also presents an alternative (and competitive) constraint on τ based on combining the PlanckTT spectrum with the power spectrum of the lensing potential measured by Planck. We also compare the LFI polarization constraints with the WMAP polarization data cleaned with the Planck HFI 353GHz maps.
Section 4 compares the Planck power spectra with the power spectra from highresolution groundbased CMB data from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT, Das et al. 2014) and the South Pole Telescope (SPT, George et al. 2015). This section applies a Gibbs sampling technique to sample over foreground and other “nuisance” parameters to recover the underlying CMB power spectrum at high multipoles (Dunkley et al. 2013; Calabrese et al. 2013). Unlike PCP13, in which we combined the likelihoods of the highresolution experiments with the Planck temperature likelihood, in this paper we use the highresolution experiments mainly to check the consistency of the “damping tail” in the Planck power spectrum at multipoles ≳ 2000.
Section 5 introduces additional data, including the Planck lensing likelihood (described in detail in Planck Collaboration XV 2016) and other astrophysical data sets. As in PCP13, we are highly selective in the astrophysical data sets that we combine with Planck. As mentioned above, the main purpose of this paper is to describe what the Planck data have to say about cosmology. It is not our purpose to present an exhaustive discussion of what happens when the Planck data are combined with a wide range of astrophysical data. This can be done by others, using the publicly released Planck likelihood. Nevertheless, some cosmological parameter combinations are highly degenerate using CMB power spectrum measurements alone, the most severe being the “geometrical degeneracy” that opens up when spatial curvature is allowed to vary. Baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) measurements are a particularly important astrophysical data set. Since BAO surveys involve a simple geometrical measurement, these data are less prone to systematic errors than most other astrophysical data. As in PCP13, BAO measurements are used as a primary astrophysical data set in combination with Planck to break parameter degeneracies. It is worth mentioning explicitly our approach to interpreting tensions between Planck and other astrophysical data sets. Tensions may be indicators of new physics beyond that assumed in the base ΛCDM model. However, they may also be caused by systematic errors in the data. Our primary goal is to report whether the Planck data support any evidence for new physics. If evidence for new physics is driven primarily by astrophysical data, but not by Planck, then the emphasis must necessarily shift to establishing whether the astrophysical data are free of systematics. This type of assessment is beyond the scope of this paper, but sets a course for future research.
Extensions to the base ΛCDM cosmology are discussed in Sect. 6, which explores a large grid of possibilities. In addition to these models, we also explore constraints on big bang nucleosynthesis, dark matter annihilation, cosmic defects, and departures from the standard recombination history. As in PCP13, we find no convincing evidence for a departure from the base ΛCDM model. As far as we can tell, a simple inflationary model with a slightly tilted, purely adiabatic, scalar fluctuation spectrum fits the Planck data and most other precision astrophysical data. There are some “anomalies” in this picture, including the poor fit to the CMB temperature fluctuation spectrum at low multipoles, as reported by WMAP (Bennett et al. 2003) and in PCP13, suggestions of departures from statistical isotropy at low multipoles (as reviewed in Planck Collaboration XXIII 2014; Planck Collaboration XVI 2016), and hints of a discrepancy with the amplitude of the matter fluctuation spectrum at low redshifts (see Sect. 5.5). However, none of these anomalies are of decisive statistical significance at this stage.
One of the most interesting developments since the appearance of PCP13 was the detection by the BICEP2 team of a Bmode polarization anisotropy (BICEP2 Collaboration 2014), apparently in conflict with the 95% upper limit on the tensortoscalar ratio, r_{0.002}< 0.11^{3}, reported in PCP13. Clearly, the detection of Bmode signal from primordial gravitational waves would have profound consequences for cosmology and inflationary theory. However, a number of studies, in particular an analysis of Planck 353GHz polarization data, suggested that polarized dust emission might contribute a significant part of the BICEP2 signal (Planck Collaboration Int. XXX 2016; Mortonson & Seljak 2014; Flauger et al. 2014). The situation is now clearer following the joint analysis of BICEP2, Keck Array, and Planck data (BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck Collaborations 2015, hereafter BKP); this increases the signaltonoise ratio on polarized dust emission primarily by directly crosscorrelating the BICEP2 and Keck Array data at 150 GHz with the Planck polarization data at 353 GHz. The results of BKP give a 95% upper limit on the tensortoscalar ratio of r_{0.05}< 0.12, with no statistically significant evidence for a primordial gravitational wave signal. Section 6.2 presents a brief discussion of this result and how it fits in with the indirect constraints on r derived from the Planck 2015 data.
Our conclusions are summarized in Sect. 7.
2. Model, parameters, and methodology
The notation, definitions and methodology used in this paper largely follow those described in PCP13, and so will not be repeated here. For completeness, we list some derived parameters of interest in Sect. 2.2. We have made a small number of modifications to the methodology, as described in Sect. 2.1. We have also made some minor changes to the model of unresolved foregrounds and nuisance parameters used in the highℓ likelihood. These are described in detail in Planck Collaboration XI (2016), but to make this paper more selfcontained, these changes are summarized in Sect. 2.3.
2.1. Theoretical model
We adopt the same general methodology as described in PCP13, with small modifications. Our main results are now based on the lensed CMB power spectra computed with the updated January 2015 version of the camb^{4} Boltzmann code (Lewis et al. 2000), and parameter constraints are based on the January 2015 version of CosmoMC (Lewis & Bridle 2002; Lewis 2013). Changes in our physical modelling are as follows.

For each model in which the fraction of baryonic mass in heliumY_{P} is not varied independently of other parameters, it is now set from the big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) prediction by interpolation from a recent fitting formula based on results from the PArthENoPE BBN code (Pisanti et al. 2008). We now use a fixed fiducial neutron decay constant of τ_{n} = 880.3 s, and also account for the small difference between the massfraction ratio Y_{P} and the nucleonbased fraction . These modifications result in changes of about 1% to the inferred value of Y_{P} compared to PCP13, giving bestfit values Y_{P} ≈ 0.2453 () in ΛCDM. See Sect. 6.5 for a detailed discussion of the impact of uncertainties arising from variations of τ_{n} and nuclear reaction rates; however, these uncertainties have minimal impact on our main results. Section 6.5 also corrects a small error arising from how the difference between N_{eff} = 3.046 and N_{eff} = 3 was handled in the BBN fitting formula.

We have corrected a missing source term in the dark energy modelling for w ≠ −1. The correction of this error has very little impact on our science results, since it is only important for values of w far from −1.

To model the smallscale matter power spectrum, we use the halofit approach (Smith et al. 2003), with the updates of Takahashi et al. (2012), as in PCP13, but with revised fitting parameters for massive neutrino models^{5}. We also now include the halofit corrections when calculating the lensed CMB power spectra.
As in PCP13 we adopt a Bayesian framework for testing theoretical models. Tests using the “profile likelihood” method, described in Planck Collaboration Int. XVI (2014), show excellent agreement for the mean values of the cosmological parameters and their errors, for both the base ΛCDM model and its N_{eff} extension. Tests have also been carried out using the class Boltzmann code (Lesgourgues 2011) and the Monte Python MCMC code (Audren et al. 2013) in place of camb and CosmoMC, respectively. Again, for flat models we find excellent agreement with the baseline choices used in this paper.
2.2. Derived parameters
Our base parameters are defined as in PCP13, and we also calculate the same derived parameters. In addition we now compute:

the helium nucleon fraction defined by;

where standard BBN is assumed, the midvalue deuterium ratio predicted by BBN, y_{DP} ≡ 10^{5}n_{D}/n_{H}, using a fit from the PArthENoPE BBN code (Pisanti et al. 2008);

the comoving wavenumber of the perturbation mode that entered the Hubble radius at matterradiation equality z_{eq}, where this redshift is calculated approximating all neutrinos as relativistic at that time, i.e., k_{eq} ≡ a(z_{eq})H(z_{eq});

the comoving angular diameter distance to last scattering, D_{A}(z_{∗});

the angular scale of the sound horizon at matterradiation equality, θ_{s,eq} ≡ r_{s}(z_{eq}) /D_{A}(z_{∗}), where r_{s} is the sound horizon and z_{∗} is the redshift of last scattering;

the amplitude of the CMB power spectrum in μK^{2}, for ℓ = 40, 220, 810, 1520, and 2000;

the primordial spectral index of the curvature perturbations at wavenumber k = 0.002 Mpc^{1}, n_{s,0.002} (as in PCP13, our default pivot scale is k = 0.05 Mpc^{1}, so that n_{s} ≡ n_{s,0.05});

parameter combinations close to those probed by galaxy and CMB lensing (and other external data), specifically and ;

various quantities reported by BAO and redshiftspace distortion measurements, as described in Sects. 5.2 and 5.5.1.
2.3. Changes to the foreground model
Unresolved foregrounds contribute to the temperature power spectrum and must be modelled to extract accurate cosmological parameters. PPL13 and PCP13 used a parametric approach to modelling foregrounds, similar to the approach adopted in the analysis of the SPT and ACT experiments (Reichardt et al. 2012; Dunkley et al. 2013). The unresolved foregrounds are described by a set of power spectrum templates together with nuisance parameters, which are sampled via MCMC along with the cosmological parameters^{6}. The components of the extragalactic foreground model consist of:

the shot noise from Poisson fluctuations in the number density ofpoint sources;

the power due to clustering of point sources (loosely referred to as the CIB component);

a thermal SunyaevZeldovich (tSZ) component;

a kinetic SunyaevZeldovich (kSZ) component;

the crosscorrelation between tSZ and CIB.
In addition, the likelihood includes a number of other nuisance parameters, such as relative calibrations between frequencies, and beam eigenmode amplitudes. We use the same templates for the tSZ, kSZ, and tSZ/CIB crosscorrelation as in the 2013 papers. However, we have made a number of changes to the CIB modelling and the priors adopted for the SZ effects, which we now describe in detail.
2.3.1. CIB
In the 2013 papers, the CIB anisotropies were modelled as a power law: (1)Planck data alone provide a constraint on and very weak constraints on the CIB amplitudes at lower frequencies. PCP13 reported typical values of and γ^{CIB} = 0.40 ± 0.15, fitted over the range 500 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2500. The addition of the ACT and SPT data (“highL”) led to solutions with steeper values of γ_{CIB}, closer to 0.8, suggesting that the CIB component was not well fit by a power law.
Planck results on the CIB, using H i as a tracer of Galactic dust, are discussed in detail in Planck Collaboration XXX (2014). In that paper, a model with 1halo and 2halo contributions was developed that provides an accurate description of the Planck and IRAS CIB spectra from 217 GHz through to 3000 GHz. At high multipoles, ℓ ≳ 3000, the halomodel spectra are reasonably well approximated by power laws, with a slope γ_{CIB} ≈ 0.8 (though see Sect. 4). At multipoles in the range 500 ≲ ℓ ≲ 2000, corresponding to the transition from the 2halo term dominating the clustering power to the 1halo term dominating, the Planck Collaboration XXX (2014) templates have a shallower slope, consistent with the results of PCP13. The amplitudes of these templates at ℓ = 3000 are (2)Note that in PCP13, the CIB amplitude of the 143 × 217 spectrum was characterized by a correlation coefficient (3)The combined Planck+highL solutions in PCP13 always give a high correlation coefficient with a 95% lower limit of , consistent with the model of Eq. (2), which has . In the 2015 analysis, we use the Planck Collaboration XXX (2014) templates, fixing the relative amplitudes at 100 × 100, 143 × 143, and 143 × 217 to the amplitude of the 217 × 217 spectrum. Thus, the CIB model used in this paper is specified by only one amplitude, , which is assigned a uniform prior in the range 0−200 μK^{2}.
In PCP13 we solved for the CIB amplitudes at the CMB effective frequencies of 217 and 143 GHz, and so we included colour corrections in the amplitudes and (there was no CIB component in the 100 × 100 spectrum). In the 2015 Planck analysis, we do not include a colour term since we define to be the actual CIB amplitude measured in the Planck217GHz band. This is higher by a factor of about 1.33 compared to the amplitude at the CMB effective frequency of the Planck 217GHz band. This should be borne in mind by readers comparing 2015 and 2013 CIB amplitudes measured by Planck.
2.3.2. Thermal and kinetic SZ amplitudes
In the 2013 papers we assumed template shapes for the thermal (tSZ) and kinetic (kSZ) spectra characterized by two amplitudes, A^{tSZ} and A^{kSZ}, defined in equations (26) and (27) of PCP13. These amplitudes were assigned uniform priors in the range 0−10 (μK)^{2} . We used the Trac et al. (2011) kSZ template spectrum and the ϵ = 0.5 tSZ template from Efstathiou & Migliaccio (2012). We adopt the same templates for the 2015 Planck analysis, since, for example, the tSZ template is actually a good match to the results from the recent numerical simulations of McCarthy et al. (2014). In addition, we previously included a template from Addison et al. (2012) to model the crosscorrelation between the CIB and tSZ emission from clusters of galaxies. The amplitude of this template was characterized by a dimensionless correlation coefficient, ξ^{tSZ × CIB}, which was assigned a uniform prior in the range 0−1. The three parameters A^{tSZ}, A^{kSZ}, and ξ^{tSZ × CIB}, are not well constrained by Planck alone. Even when combined with ACT and SPT, the three parameters are highly correlated with each other. Marginalizing over ξ^{tSZ × CIB}, Reichardt et al. (2012) find that SPT spectra constrain the linear combination (4)The slight differences in the coefficients compared to the formula given in Reichardt et al. (2012) come from the different effective frequencies used to define the Planck amplitudes A^{kSZ} and A^{tSZ}. An investigation of the 2013 Planck+highL solutions show a similar degeneracy direction, which is almost independent of cosmology, even for extensions to the base ΛCDM model: (5)for Planck+WP+highL, which is very close to the degeneracy direction (Eq. (4)) measured by SPT. In the 2015 Planck analysis, we impose a conservative Gaussian prior for A^{SZ}, as defined in Eq. (5), with a mean of 9.5 μK^{2} and a dispersion 3 μK^{2} (i.e., somewhat broader than the dispersion measured by Reichardt et al. 2012). The purpose of imposing this prior on A^{SZ} is to prevent the parameters A^{kSZ} and A^{tSZ} from wandering into unphysical regions of parameter space when using Planck data alone. We retain the uniform prior of [0,1] for ξ^{tSZ × CIB}. As this paper was being written, results from the complete 2540 deg^{2} SPTSZ survey area appeared (George et al. 2015). These are consistent with Eq. (5)and in addition constrain the correlation parameter to low values, . The looser priors on these parameters adopted in this paper are, however, sufficient to eliminate any significant sensitivity of cosmological parameters derived from Planck to the modelling of the SZ components.
2.3.3. Absolute Planck calibration
In PCP13, we treated the calibrations of the 100 and 217GHz channels relative to 143 GHz as nuisance parameters. This was an approximate way of dealing with small differences in relative calibrations between different detectors at high multipoles, caused by bolometer timetransfer function corrections and intermediate and far sidelobes of the Planck beams. In other words, we approximated these effects as a purely multiplicative correction to the power spectra over the multipole range ℓ = 50–2500. The absolute calibration of the 2013 Planck power spectra was therefore fixed, by construction, to the absolute calibration of the 1435 bolometer. Any error in the absolute calibration of this reference bolometer was not propagated into errors on cosmological parameters. For the 2015 Planck likelihoods we use an identical relative calibration scheme between 100, 143, and 217 GHz, but we now include an absolute calibration parameter y_{p}, at the map level, for the 143GHz reference frequency. We adopt a Gaussian prior on y_{p} centred on unity with a (conservative) dispersion of 0.25%. This overall calibration uncertainty is then propagated through to cosmological parameters such as A_{s} and σ_{8}. A discussion of the consistency of the absolute calibrations across the nine Planck frequency bands is given in Planck Collaboration I (2016).
3. Constraints on the parameters of the base ΛCDM cosmology from Planck
3.1. Changes in the base ΛCDM parameters compared to the 2013 data release
The principal conclusion of PCP13 was the excellent agreement of the base ΛCDM model with the temperature power spectra measured by Planck. In this subsection, we compare the parameters of the base ΛCDM model reported in PCP13 with those measured from the fullmission 2015 data. Here we restrict the comparison to the high multipole temperature (TT) likelihood (plus lowℓ polarization), postponing a discussion of the TE and EE likelihood blocks to Sect. 3.2. The main differences between the 2013 and 2015 analyses are as follows.

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There have been a number of changes to the lowlevelPlanck data processing, as discussed in PlanckCollaboration II (2016) and Planck Collaboration VII (2016). These include: changes to thefiltering applied to remove “4K” cooler lines from the timeordered data (TOD); changes to the deglitching algorithm usedto correct the TOD for cosmic ray hits; improved absolute calibration based on the spacecraft orbital dipole and more accuratemodels of the beams, accounting for the intermediate and farsidelobes. These revisions largely eliminate the calibrationdifference between Planck2013 and WMAP reported in PCP13and Planck Collaboration XXXI (2014), leadingto upward shifts of the HFI and LFI Planck powerspectra of approximately 2.0% and 1.7%, respectively. In addition, the mapmaking used for 2015 data processing utilizes“polarization destriping” for the polarized HFI detectors (PlanckCollaboration VIII 2016).

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The 2013 papers used WMAP polarization measurements (Bennett et al. 2013) at multipoles ℓ ≤ 23 to constrain the optical depth parameter τ; this likelihood was denoted “WP” in the 2013 papers. In the 2015 analysis, the WMAP polarization likelihood is replaced by a Planck polarization likelihood constructed from lowresolution maps of Q and U polarization measured by LFI at 70 GHz, foreground cleaned using the LFI 30GHz and HFI 353GHz maps as polarized synchrotron and dust templates, respectively, as described in Planck Collaboration XI (2016). After a comprehensive analysis of surveytosurvey null tests, we found possible lowlevel residual systematics in Surveys 2 and 4, likely related to the unfavourable alignment of the CMB dipole in those two surveys (for details see Planck Collaboration II 2016). We therefore conservatively use only six of the eight LFI 70GHz fullsky surveys, excluding Surveys 2 and 4, The foregroundcleaned LFI 70GHz polarization maps are used over 46% of the sky, together with the temperature map from the Commander componentseparation algorithm over 94% of the sky (see Planck Collaboration IX 2016, for further details), to form a lowℓPlanck temperature+polarization pixelbased likelihood that extends up to multipole ℓ = 29. Use of the polarization information in this likelihood is denoted as “lowP” in this paper The optical depth inferred from the lowP likelihood combined with the PlanckTT likelihood is typically τ ≈ 0.07, and is about 1σ lower than the typical values of τ ≈ 0.09 inferred from the WMAP polarization likelihood (see Sect. 3.4) used in the 2013 papers. As discussed in Sect. 3.4 (and in more detail in Planck Collaboration XI 2016) the LFI 70GHz and WMAP polarization maps are consistent when both are cleaned with the HFI 353GHz polarization maps^{7}.

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In the 2013 papers, the Planck temperature likelihood was a hybrid: over the multipole range ℓ = 2−49, the likelihood was based on the Commander algorithm applied to 87% of the sky computed using a BlackwellRao estimator for the likelihood at higher multipoles (ℓ = 50–2500) was constructed from crossspectra over the frequency range 100−217 GHz using the CamSpec software (Planck Collaboration XV 2014), which is based on the methodology developed in Efstathiou (2004, 2006). At each of the Planck HFI frequencies, the sky is observed by a number of detectors. For example, at 217 GHz the sky is observed by four unpolarized spiderweb bolometers (SWBs) and eight polarization sensitive bolometers (PSBs). The TOD from the 12 bolometers can be combined to produce a single map at 217 GHz for any given period of time. Thus, we can produce 217GHz maps for individual sky surveys (denoted S1, S2, S3, etc.), or by year (Y1, Y2), or split by halfmission (HM1, HM2). We can also produce a temperature map from each SWB and a temperature and polarization map from quadruplets of PSBs. For example, at 217 GHz we produce four temperature and two temperature+polarization maps. We refer to these maps as detectorsset maps (or “DetSets” for short); note that the DetSet maps can also be produced for any arbitrary time period. The high multipole likelihood used in the 2013 papers was computed by crosscorrelating HFI DetSet maps for the “nominal” Planck mission extending over 15.5 months^{8}. For the 2015 papers we use the fullmission Planck data, extending over 29 months for the HFI and 48 months for the LFI. In the Planck 2015 analysis, we have produced crossyear and crosshalfmission likelihoods in addition to a DetSet likelihood. The baseline 2015 Planck temperaturepolarization likelihood is also a hybrid, matching the highmultipole likelihood at ℓ = 30 to the Planck pixelbased likelihood at lower multipoles.

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The sky coverage used in the 2013CamSpec likelihood was intentionally conservative, retaining effectively 49% of the sky at 100 GHz and 31% of the sky at 143 and 217 GHz^{9}. This was done to ensure that on the first exposure of Planck cosmological results to the community, corrections for Galactic dust emission were demonstrably small and had negligible impact on cosmological parameters. In the 2015 analysis we make more aggressive use of the sky at each of these frequencies. We have also tuned the pointsource masks to each frequency, rather than using a single pointsource mask constructed from the union of the point source catalogues at 100, 143, 217, and 353 GHz. This results in many fewer point source holes in the 2015 analysis compared to the 2013 analysis.

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Most of the results in this paper are derived from a revised Plik likelihood, based on crosshalfmission spectra. The Plik likelihood has been modified since 2013 so that it is now similar to the CamSpec likelihood used in PCP13. Both likelihoods use similar approximations to compute the covariance matrices. The main difference is in the treatment of Galactic dust corrections in the analysis of the polarization spectra. The two likelihoods have been written independently and give similar (but not identical) results, as discussed further below. The Plik likelihood is discussed in Planck Collaboration XI (2016). The CamSpec likelihood is discussed in a separate paper (Efstathiou et al., in prep.).

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We have made minor changes to the foreground modelling and to the priors on some of the foreground parameters, as discussed in Sect. 2.3 and Planck Collaboration XI (2016). Given these changes to data processing, mission length, sky coverage, etc., it is reasonable to ask whether the base ΛCDM parameters have changed significantly compared to the 2013 numbers. In fact, the parameter shifts are relatively small. The situation is summarized in Table 1. The second column of this table lists the Planck+WP parameters, as given in table 5 of PCP13. Since these numbers are based on the 2013 processing of the nominal mission and computed via a DetSet CamSpec likelihood, the column is labelled 2013N(DS). We now make a number of specific remarks about these comparisons.

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4K cooler line systematics. After the submission of PCP13 we found strong evidence that a residual in the 217 × 217 DetSet spectrum at ℓ ≈ 1800 was a systematic caused by electromagnetic interference between the JouleThomson 4K cooler electronics and the bolometer readout electronics. This interference leads to a set of timevariable narrow lines in the power spectrum of the TOD. The data processing pipelines apply a filter to remove these lines; however, the filtering failed to reduce their impact on the power spectra to negligible levels. Incomplete removal of the 4K cooler lines affects primarily the 217 × 217 PSB×PSB crossspectrum in Survey 1. The presence of this systematic was reported in the revised versions of 2013 Planck papers. Using simulations and also comparison with the 2013 fullmission likelihood (in which the 217 × 217 power spectrum “dip” is strongly diluted by the additional sky surveys) we assessed that the 4K line systematic was causing shifts in cosmological parameters of less than 0.5σ^{10}. Column 3 in Table 1 lists the DetSet parameters for the fullmission 2013 data. This fullmission likelihood uses more extensive sky coverage than the nominal mission likelihood (effectively 39% of sky at 217 GHz, 55% of sky at 143 GHz, and 63% of sky at 100 GHz); otherwise the methodology and foreground model are identical to the CamSpec likelihood described in PPL13. The parameter shifts are relatively small and consistent with the improvement in signaltonoise of the fullmission spectra and the systematic shifts caused by the 217 × 217 dip in the nominal mission (for example, raising H_{0} and n_{s}, as discussed in appendix C4 of PCP13).

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DetSets versus crosssurveys. In a reanalysis of the publicly released Planck maps, Spergel et al. (2015) constructed crosssurvey (S1 × S2) likelihoods and found cosmological parameters for the base ΛCDM model that were close to (within approximately 1σ) the nominal mission parameters listed in Table 1. The Spergel et al. (2015) analysis differs substantially in sky coverage and foreground modelling compared to the 2013 Planck analysis and so it is encouraging that they find no major differences with the results presented by the Planck collaboration. On the other hand, they did not identify the reasons for the roughly 1σ parameter shifts. They argue that foreground modelling and the ℓ = 1800 dip in the 217 × 217 DetSet spectrum can contribute towards some of the differences but cannot produce 1σ shifts, in agreement with the conclusions of PCP13. The 2013F(DS) likelihood disfavours the Spergel et al. (2015) cosmology (with parameters listed in their Table 3) by Δχ^{2} = 11, i.e., by about 2σ, and almost all of the Δχ^{2} is contributed by the multipole range 1000−1500, so the parameter shifts are not driven by cotemporal systematics resulting in correlated noise biases at high multipoles. However, as discussed in PPL13 and Planck Collaboration XI (2016), lowlevel correlated noise in the DetSet spectra affects all HFI channels at high multipoles where the spectra are noise dominated. The impact of this correlated noise on cosmological parameters is relatively small. This is illustrated by Col. 4 of Table 1 (labelled “2013F(CY)”), which lists the parameters of a 2013 CamSpec crossyear likelihood using the same sky coverage and foreground model as the DetSet likelihood used for Col. 3. The parameters from these two likelihoods are in good agreement (better than 0.2σ), illustrating that cotemporal systematics in the DetSets are at sufficiently low levels that there is very little effect on cosmological parameters. Nevertheless, in the 2015 likelihood analysis we apply corrections for correlated noise to the DetSet crossspectra, as discussed in Planck Collaboration XI (2016), and typically find agreement in cosmological parameters between DetSet, crossyear, and crosshalfmission likelihoods to better than 0.5σ accuracy for a fixed likelihood code (and to better than 0.2σ accuracy for base ΛCDM).
Fig. 1 Planck 2015 temperature power spectrum. At multipoles ℓ ≥ 30 we show the maximum likelihood frequencyaveraged temperature spectrum computed from the Plik crosshalfmission likelihood, with foreground and other nuisance parameters determined from the MCMC analysis of the base ΛCDM cosmology. In the multipole range 2 ≤ ℓ ≤ 29, we plot the power spectrum estimates from the Commander componentseparation algorithm, computed over 94% of the sky. The bestfit base ΛCDM theoretical spectrum fitted to the Planck TT+lowP likelihood is plotted in the upper panel. Residuals with respect to this model are shown in the lower panel. The error bars show ± 1σ uncertainties.
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2015 versus 2013 processing. Column 5 (labelled “2015F(CHM)”) lists the parameters computed from the CamSpec crosshalfmission likelihood using the HFI 2015 data with revised absolute calibration and beamtransfer functions. We also replace the WP likelihood of the 2013 analysis with the Planck lowP likelihood. The 2015F(CHM) likelihood uses slightly more sky coverage (60%) at 217 GHz, compared to the 2013F(CY) likelihood and also uses revised point source masks. Despite these changes, the base ΛCDM parameters derived from the 2015 CamSpec likelihood are within ≈0.4σ of the 2013F(CY) parameters, with the exception of θ_{MC}, which is lower by 0.67σ, τ, which is lower by 1σ, and A_{s}e^{− 2τ}, which is higher by about 4σ . The change in τ simply reflects the preference for a lower value of τ from the Planck LFI polarization data compared to the WMAP polarization likelihood in the form delivered by the WMAP team (see Sect. 3.4 for further discussion). The large upward shift in A_{s}e^{− 2τ} reflects the change in the absolute calibration of the HFI. As noted in Sect. 2.3, the 2013 analysis did not propagate an error on the Planck absolute calibration through to cosmological parameters. Coincidentally, the changes to the absolute calibration compensate for the downward change in τ and variations in the other cosmological parameters to keep the parameter σ_{8} largely unchanged from the 2013 value. This will be important when we come to discuss possible tensions between the amplitude of the matter fluctuations at low redshift estimated from various astrophysical data sets and the Planck CMB values for the base ΛCDM cosmology (see Sect. 5.6).

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Likelihoods. Constructing a highmultipole likelihood for Planck, particularly with TE and EE spectra, is complicated and difficult to check at the subσ level against numerical simulations because the simulations cannot model the foregrounds, noise properties, and lowlevel data processing of the real Planck data to sufficiently high accuracy. Within the Planck collaboration, we have tested the sensitivity of the results to the likelihood methodology by developing several independent analysis pipelines. Some of these are described in Planck Collaboration XI (2016). The most highly developed of them are the CamSpec and revised Plik pipelines. For the 2015 Planck papers, the Plik pipeline was chosen as the baseline. Column 6 of Table 1 lists the cosmological parameters for base ΛCDM determined from the Plik crosshalfmission likelihood, together with the lowP likelihood, applied to the 2015 fullmission data. The sky coverage used in this likelihood is identical to that used for the CamSpec 2015F(CHM) likelihood. However, the two likelihoods differ in the modelling of instrumental noise, Galactic dust, treatment of relative calibrations, and multipole limits applied to each spectrum.
As summarized in Col. 8 of Table 1, the Plik and CamSpec parameters agree to within 0.2σ, except for n_{s}, which differs by nearly 0.5σ. The difference in n_{s} is perhaps not surprising, since this parameter is sensitive to small differences in the foreground modelling. Differences in n_{s} between Plik and CamSpec are systematic and persist throughout the grid of extended ΛCDM models discussed in Sect. 6. We emphasize that the CamSpec and Plik likelihoods have been written independently, though they are based on the same theoretical framework. None of the conclusions in this paper (including those based on the full “TT,TE,EE” likelihoods) would differ in any substantive way had we chosen to use the CamSpec likelihood in place of Plik. The overall shifts of parameters between the Plik 2015 likelihood and the published 2013 nominal mission parameters are summarized in Col. 7 of Table 1. These shifts are within 0.7σ except for the parameters τ and A_{s}e^{− 2τ}, which are sensitive to the lowmultipole polarization likelihood and absolute calibration.
In summary, the Planck 2013 cosmological parameters were pulled slightly towards lower H_{0} and n_{s} by the ℓ ≈ 1800 4K line systematic in the 217 × 217 crossspectrum, but the net effect of this systematic is relatively small, leading to shifts of 0.5σ or less in cosmological parameters. Changes to the lowlevel data processing, beams, sky coverage, etc., as well as the likelihood code also produce shifts of typically 0.5σ or less. The combined effect of these changes is to introduce parameter shifts relative to PCP13 of less than 0.7σ, with the exception of τ and A_{s}e^{− 2τ}. The main scientific conclusions of PCP13 are therefore consistent with the 2015 Planck analysis.
Parameters for the base ΛCDM cosmology derived from fullmission DetSet, crossyear, or crosshalfmission spectra are in extremely good agreement, demonstrating that residual (i.e., uncorrected) cotemporal systematics are at low levels. This is also true for the extensions of the ΛCDM model discussed in Sect. 6. It is therefore worth explaining why we have adopted the crosshalfmission likelihood as the baseline for this and other 2015 Planck papers. The crosshalfmission likelihood has lower signaltonoise than the fullmission DetSet likelihood; however, the errors on the cosmological parameters from the two likelihoods are almost identical, as can be seen from the entries in Table 1. This is also true for extended ΛCDM models. However, for more complicated tests, such as searches for localized features in the power spectra (Planck Collaboration XX 2016), residual 4K line systematic effects and residual uncorrected correlated noise at high multipoles in the DetSet likelihood can produce results suggestive of new physics (though not at a high significance level). We have therefore decided to adopt the crosshalfmission likelihood as the baseline for the 2015 analysis, sacrificing some signaltonoise in favour of reduced systematics. For almost all of the models considered in this paper, the Planck results are limited by small systematics of various types, including systematic errors in modelling foregrounds, rather than by signaltonoise.
The foregroundsubtracted, frequencyaveraged, crosshalfmission spectrum is plotted in Fig. 1, together with the Commander power spectrum at multipoles ℓ ≤ 29. The high multipole spectrum plotted in this figure is an approximate maximum likelihood solution based on equations (A24) and (A25) of PPL13, with the foregrounds and nuisance parameters for each spectrum fixed to the bestfit values of the base ΛCDM solution. Note that a different way of solving for the Planck CMB spectrum, by marginalizing over foreground and nuisance parameters, is presented in Sect. 4. The bestfit base ΛCDM model is plotted in the upper panel, while residuals with respect to this model are plotted in the lower panel. In this plot, there are only four bandpowers at ℓ ≥ 30 that differ from the bestfit model by more than 2σ. These are: ℓ = 434 (−2.0σ); ℓ = 465 (2.5σ); ℓ = 1214 (−2.5σ); and ℓ = 1455 (−2.1σ). The χ^{2} of the coadded TT spectrum plotted in Fig. 1 relative to the bestfit base ΛCDM model is 2547 for 2479 degrees of freedom (30 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2500), which is a 0.96σ fluctuation (PTE = 16.8%). These numbers confirm the extremely good fit of the base ΛCDM cosmology to the PlanckTT data at high multipoles. The consistency of the Planck polarization spectra with base ΛCDM is discussed in Sect. 3.3.
PCP13 noted some mild internal tensions within the Planck data, for example, the preference of the phenomenological lensing parameter A_{L} (see Sect. 5.1) towards values greater than unity and a preference for a negative running of the scalar spectral index (see Sect. 6.2.2). These tensions were partly caused by the poor fit of base ΛCDM model to the temperature spectrum at multipoles below about 50. As noted by the WMAP team (Hinshaw et al. 2003), the temperature spectrum has a low quadrupole amplitude and a glitch in the multipole range 20 ≲ ℓ ≲ 30. These features can be seen in the Planck 2015 spectrum of Fig. 1. They have a similar (though slightly reduced) effect on cosmological parameters to those described in PCP13.
3.2. 545GHzcleaned spectra
As discussed in PCP13, unresolved extragalactic foregrounds (principally Poisson point sources and the clustered component of the CIB) contribute to the PlanckTT spectra at high multipoles. The approach to modelling these foreground contributions in PCP13 is similar to that used by the ACT and SPT teams (Reichardt et al. 2012; Dunkley et al. 2013) in that the foregrounds are modelled by a set of physically motivated power spectrum template shapes with an associated set of adjustable nuisance parameters. This approach has been adopted as the baseline for the Planck 2015 analysis. The foreground model has been adjusted for this new analysis, in relatively minor ways, as summarized in Sect. 2.3 and described in further detail in Planck Collaboration XII (2016). Galactic dust emission also contributes to the temperature and polarization power spectra and must be subtracted from the spectra used to form the Planck likelihood. Unlike the extragalactic foregrounds, Galactic dust emission is anisotropic and so its impact can be reduced by appropriate masking of the sky. In PCP13, we intentionally adopted conservative masks, tuned for each of the frequencies used to form the likelihood, to keep dust emission at low levels. The results in PCP13 were therefore insensitive to the modelling of residual dust contamination.
Fig. 2
Residual plots illustrating the accuracy of the foreground modelling. The blue points in the upper panels show the CamSpec 2015(CHM) spectra after subtraction of the bestfit ΛCDM spectrum. The residuals in the upper panel should be accurately described by the foreground model. Major foreground components are shown by the solid lines, colour coded as follows: total foreground spectrum (red); Poisson point sources (orange); clustered CIB (blue); thermal SZ (green); and Galactic dust (purple). Minor foreground components are shown by the dotted lines, colourcoded as follows: kinetic SZ (green); and tSZ×CIB crosscorrelation (purple). The red points in the upper panels show the 545GHzcleaned spectra (minus the bestfit CMB as subtracted from the uncleaned spectra) that are fitted to a powerlaw residual foreground model, as discussed in the text. The lower panels show the spectra after subtraction of the bestfit foreground models. These agree to within a few (μK)^{2}. The χ^{2} values of the residuals of the blue points, and the number of bandpowers, are listed in the lower panels. 

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In the 2015 analysis, we have extended the sky coverage at each of 100, 143, and 217 GHz, and so in addition to testing the accuracy of the extragalactic foreground model, it is important to test the accuracy of the Galactic dust model. As described in PPL13 and Planck Collaboration XII (2016) the Galactic dust templates used in the CamSpec and Plik likelihoods are derived by fitting the 545GHz maskdifferenced power spectra. Mask differencing isolates the anisotropic contribution of Galactic dust from the isotropic extragalactic components. For the extended sky coverage used in the 2015 likelihoods, the Galactic dust contributions are a significant fraction of the extragalactic foreground contribution in the 217 × 217 temperature spectrum at high multipoles, as illustrated in Fig. 2. Galactic dust dominates over all other foregrounds at multipoles ℓ ≲ 500 at HFI frequencies.
A simple and direct test of the parametric foreground modelling used in the CamSpec and Plik likelihoods is to compare results with a completely different approach in which the lowfrequency maps are “cleaned” using higher frequency maps as foreground templates (see, e.g., Lueker et al. 2010). In a similar approach to Spergel et al. (2015), we can form cleaned maps at lower frequencies ν by subtracting a 545GHz map as a template, (6)where ν_{t} is the frequency of the template map M^{Tνt} and α^{Tν} is the cleaning coefficient. Since the maps have different beams, the subtraction is actually done in the power spectrum domain: (7)where Ĉ^{Tν1Tν2} etc. are the maskdeconvolved beamcorrected power spectra. The coefficients α^{Tνi} are determined by minimizing (8)where is the covariance matrix of the estimates Ĉ^{TνiTνi}. We choose ℓ_{min} = 100 and ℓ_{max} = 500 and compute the spectra in Eq. (7)by crosscorrelating halfmission maps on the 60% mask used to compute the 217 × 217 spectrum. The resulting cleaning coefficients are and ; note that all of the input maps are in units of thermodynamic temperature. The cleaning coefficients are therefore optimized to remove Galactic dust at low multipoles, though by using 545 GHz as a dust template we find that the cleaning coefficients are almost constant over the multipole range 50−2500. We note, however, that this is not true if the 353 and 857GHz maps are used as dust templates, as discussed in Efstathiou et al. (in prep.).
The 545GHzcleaned spectra are shown by the red points in Fig. 2 and can be compared directly to the “uncleaned” spectra used in the CamSpec likelihood (upper panels). As can be seen, Galactic dust emission is removed to high accuracy and the residual foreground contribution at high multipoles is strongly suppressed in the 217 × 217 and 143 × 217 spectra. Nevertheless, there remains small foreground contributions at high multipoles, which we model heuristically as power laws, (9)with free amplitudes A and spectral indices ϵ. We construct another CamSpec crosshalfmission likelihood using exactly the same sky masks as the 2015F(CHM) likelihood, but using 545GHzcleaned 217 × 217, 143 × 217, and 143 × 143 spectra. We then use the simple model of Eq. (9)in the likelihood to remove residual unresolved foregrounds at high multipoles for each frequency combination. We do not clean the 100 × 100 spectrum and so for this spectrum we use the standard parametric foreground model in the likelihood. The lower panels in Fig. 2 show the residuals with respect to the bestfit base ΛCDM model and foreground solution for the uncleaned CamSpec spectra (blue points) and for the 545GHzcleaned spectra (red points). These residuals are almost identical, despite the very different approaches to Galactic dust removal and foreground modelling. The cosmological parameters from these two likelihoods are also in very good agreement, typically to better than 0.1σ, with the exception of n_{s}, which is lower in the cleaned likelihood by 0.26σ. It is not surprising, given the heuristic nature of the model (Eq. (9)), that n_{s} shows the largest shift. We can also remove the 100 × 100 spectrum from the likelihood entirely, with very little impact on cosmological parameters.
Further tests of mapbased cleaning are presented in Planck Collaboration XI (2016), which additionally describes another independently written powerspectrum analysis pipeline (MSPEC) tuned to mapcleaned crossspectrum analysis and using a more complex model for fitting residual foregrounds than the heuristic model of Eq. (9). Planck Collaboration XI (2016) also describes power spectrum analysis and cosmological parameters derived from componentseparated Planck maps. However, the simple demonstration presented in this section shows that the details of modelling residual dust contamination and other foregrounds are under control in the 2015 Planck likelihood. A further strong argument that our TT results are insensitive to foreground modelling is presented in the next section, which compares the cosmological parameters derived from the TT, TE, and EE likelihoods. Unresolved foregrounds at high multipoles are completely negligible in the polarization spectra and so the consistency of the parameters, particularly from the TE spectrum (which has higher signaltonoise than the EE spectrum) provides an additional crosscheck of the TT results.
Finally, one can ask why we have not chosen to use a 545GHzcleaned likelihood as the baseline for the 2015 Planck parameter analysis. Firstly, it would not make any difference to the results of this paper had we chosen to do so. Secondly, we feel that the parametric foreground model used in the baseline likelihood has a sounder physical basis. This allows us to link the amplitudes of the unresolved foregrounds across the various Planck frequencies with the results from other ways of studying foregrounds, including the higher resolution CMB experiments described in Sect. 4.
3.3. The 2015 Planck temperature and polarization spectra and likelihood
Goodnessoffit tests for the 2015 Planck temperature and polarization spectra.
The coadded 2015 Planck temperature spectrum was introduced in Fig. 1. In this section, we present additional details and consistency checks of the temperature likelihood and describe the full mission PlanckTE and EE spectra and likelihood; preliminary PlanckTE and EE spectra were presented in PCP13. We then discuss the consistency of the cosmological parameters for base ΛCDM measured separately from the TT, TE, and EE spectra. For the most part, the discussion given in this section is specific to the Plik likelihood, which is used as the baseline in this paper. A more complete discussion of the Plik and other likelihoods developed by the Planck team is given in Planck Collaboration XI (2016).
3.3.1. Temperature spectra and likelihood

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Temperature masks. As in the 2013 analysis, the highmultipole TT likelihood uses the 100 × 100 , 143 × 143, 217 × 217, and 143 × 217 spectra. However, in contrast to the 2013 analysis, which used conservative sky masks to reduce the effects of Galactic dust emission, we make more aggressive use of sky in the 2015 analysis. The 2015 analysis retains 80%, 70%, and 60% of sky at 100 GHz, 143 GHz, and 217 GHz, respectively, before apodization. We also apply apodized point source masks to remove compact sources with a signaltonoise threshold >5 at each frequency (see Planck Collaboration XXVI 2016 for a description of the Planck Catalogue of Compact Sources). Apodized masks are also applied to remove extended objects, and regions of high CO emission were masked at 100 GHz and 217 GHz (see Planck Collaboration X 2016). As an estimate of the effective sky area, we compute the following sum over pixels: (10)where w_{i} is the weight of the apodized mask and Ω_{i} is the area of pixel i. All input maps are at HEALpix (Górski et al. 2005) resolution N_{side} = 2048. Equation (10)gives at 100 GHz, 57.4% at 143 GHz, and 47.1% at 217 GHz.

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Galactic dust templates. With the increased sky coverage used in the 2015 analysis, we take a slightly different approach to subtracting Galactic dust emission to that described in PPL13 and PCP13. The shape of the Galactic dust template is determined from maskdifferenced power spectra estimated from the 545GHz maps. The mask differencing removes the isotropic contribution from the CIB and point sources. The resulting dust template has a similar shape to the template used in the 2013 analysis, with powerlaw behaviour at high multipoles, but with a “bump” at ℓ ≈ 200 (as shown in Fig. 2). The absolute amplitude of the dust templates at 100, 143, and 217 GHz is determined by crosscorrelating the temperature maps at these frequencies with the 545GHz maps (with minor corrections for the CIB and point source contributions). This allows us to generate priors on the dust template amplitudes, which are treated as additional nuisance parameters when running MCMC chains (unlike the 2013 analysis, in which we fixed the amplitudes of the dust templates). The actual priors used in the Plik likelihood are Gaussians on with the following means and dispersions: (7 ± 2) μK^{2} for the 100 × 100 spectrum; (9 ± 2) μK^{2} for 143 × 143; (21 ± 8.5) μK^{2} for 143 × 217; and (80 ± 20) μK^{2} for 217 × 217. The MCMC solutions show small movements of the bestfit dust template amplitudes, but always within statistically acceptable ranges given the priors.

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Likelihood approximation and covariance matrices. The approximation to the likelihood function follows the methodology described in PPL13 and is based on a Gaussian likelihood assuming a fiducial theoretical power spectrum (a fit to Plik TT with prior τ = 0.07 ± 0.02). We have also included a number of small refinements to the covariance matrices. Foregrounds, including Galactic dust, are added to the fiducial theoretical power spectrum, so that the additional small variance associated with foregrounds is included, along with cosmic variance of the CMB, under the assumption that the foregrounds are Gaussian random fields. The 2013 analysis did not include corrections to the covariance matrices arising from leakage of lowmultipole power to high multipoles via the point source holes; these can introduce errors in the covariance matrices of a few percent at ℓ ≈ 300, corresponding approximately to the first peak of the CMB spectrum. In the 2015 analysis we apply corrections to the fiducial theoretical power spectrum, based on Monte Carlo simulations, to correct for this effect. We also apply Monte Carlo based corrections to the analytic covariance matrices at multipoles ℓ ≤ 50, where the analytic approximations begin to become inaccurate even for large effective sky areas (see Efstathiou 2004). Finally, we add the uncertainties on the beam shapes to the covariance matrix following the methodology described in PPL13. The Planck beams are much more accurately characterized in the 2015 analysis, and so the beam corrections to the covariance matrices are extremely small. The refinements to the covariance matrices described in this paragraph are all relatively minor and have little impact on cosmological parameters.

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Binning. The baseline Plik likelihood uses binned temperature and polarization spectra. This is done because all frequency combinations of the TE and EE spectra are used in the Plik likelihood, leading to a large data vector of length 22 865 if the spectra are retained multipolebymultipole. The baseline Plik likelihood reduces the size of the data vector by binning these spectra. The spectra are binned into bins of width Δℓ = 5 for 30 ≤ ℓ ≤ 99, Δℓ = 9 for 100 ≤ ℓ ≤ 1503, Δℓ = 17 for 1504 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2013 and Δℓ = 33 for 2014 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2508, with a weighting of C_{ℓ} proportional to ℓ(ℓ + 1) over the bin widths. The bins span an odd number of multipoles, since for approximately azimuthal masks we expect a nearly symmetrical correlation function around the central multipole. The binning does not affect the determination of cosmological parameters in ΛCDMtype models (which have smooth power spectra), but significantly reduces the size of the joint TT,TE,EE covariance matrix, speeding up the computation of the likelihood. However, for some specific purposes, e.g., searching for oscillatory features in the TT spectrum, or testing χ^{2} statistics, we produce blocks of the likelihood multipolebymultipole.

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Goodness of fit. The first five rows of Table 2 list χ^{2} statistics for the TT spectra (multipolebymultipole) relative to the Planck bestfit base ΛCDM model and foreground parameters (fitted to Planck TT+lowP). The first four entries list the statistics separately for each of the four spectra that form the TT likelihood and the fifth line (labelled “Combined”) gives the χ^{2} value for the maximum likelihood TT spectrum plotted in Fig. 1. Each of the individual spectra provides an acceptable fit to the base ΛCDM model, as does the frequencyaveraged spectrum plotted in Fig. 1. This demonstrates the excellent consistency of the base ΛCDM model across frequencies. More detailed consistency checks of the Planck spectra are presented in Planck Collaboration XI (2016); however, as indicated by Table 2, we find no evidence for any inconsistencies between the foregroundcorrected temperature power spectra computed for different frequency combinations. The temperature spectra are largely signal dominated over the multipole ranges listed in Table 2 and so the χ^{2} values are insensitive to small errors in the Planck noise model used in the covariance matrices. As discussed in the next subsection, this is not true for the TE and EE spectra, which are noise dominated over much of the multipole range.
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Frequencyaveraged TE and EE spectra (without fitting for temperaturetopolarization leakage). The theoretical TE and EE spectra plotted in the upper panel of each plot are computed from the Planck TT+lowP bestfit model of Fig. 1. Residuals with respect to this theoretical model are shown in the lower panel in each plot. The error bars show ± 1σ errors. The green lines in the lower panels show the bestfit temperaturetopolarization leakage model of Eqs. (11a)and (11b), fitted separately to the TE and EE spectra. 

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3.3.2. Polarization spectra and likelihood
In addition to the TT spectra, the 2015 Planck likelihood includes the TE and EE spectra. As discussed in Sect. 3.1, the Planck 2015 lowmultipole polarization analysis is based on the LFI 70GHz data. Here we discuss the TE and EE spectra that are used in the highmultipole likelihood, which are computed from the HFI data at 100, 143 and 217 GHz. As summarized in Planck Collaboration XI (2016), there is no evidence for any unresolved foreground components at high multipoles in the polarization spectra. We therefore include all frequency combinations in computing the TE and EE spectra to maximize the signaltonoise^{11}.

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Masks and dust corrections. At low multipoles(ℓ ≲ 300) polarized Galactic dust emission is significant at all frequencies and is subtracted in a similar way to the dust subtraction in temperature, i.e., by including additional nuisance parameters quantifying the amplitudes of a powerlaw dust template with a slope constrained to for both TE and EE (Planck Collaboration Int. XXX 2016). Polarized synchrotron emission (which has been shown to be negligible at 100 GHz and higher frequencies for Planck noise levels, Fuskeland et al. 2014) is ignored. Gaussian priors on the polarization dust amplitudes are determined by crosscorrelating the lower frequency maps with the 353GHz polarization maps (the highest frequency polarized channel of the HFI) in a similar way to the determination of temperature dust priors. We use the temperaturebased apodized masks in Q and U at each frequency, retaining 70%, 50%, and 41% of the sky at 100, 143, and 217 GHz, respectively, after apodization (slightly smaller than the temperature masks at 143 and 217 GHz). However, we do not apply point source or CO masks to the Q and U maps. The construction of the full TT,TE,EE likelihood is then a straightforward extension of the TT likelihood using the analytic covariance matrices given by Efstathiou (2006) and Hamimeche & Lewis (2008).

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Polarization spectra and residual systematics. Maximum likelihood frequency coadded TE and EE spectra are shown in Fig. 3. The theoretical curves plotted in these figures are the TE and EE spectra computed from the bestfit base ΛCDM model fitted to the temperature spectra (Planck TT+lowP), as plotted in Fig. 1. The lower panels in each figure show the residuals with respect to this model. The theoretical model provides a very good fit to the TE and EE spectra. Table 2 lists χ^{2} statistics for the TE and EE spectra for each frequency combination (with the TE and ET spectra for each frequency combination coadded to form a single TE spectrum). Note that since the TE and EE spectra are noisier than the TT spectra, these values of χ^{2} are sensitive to the procedure used to estimate Planck noise (see Planck Collaboration XI 2016 for further details). Some of these χ^{2} values are unusually high, for example the 100 × 100 and 143 × 217TE spectra and the 100 × 143EE spectrum all have low PTEs. The PlanckTE and EE spectra for different frequency combinations are not as internally consistent as the PlanckTT spectra. Intercomparison of the TE and EE spectra at different frequencies is much more straightforward than for the temperature spectra because unresolved foregrounds are unimportant in polarization. The high χ^{2} values listed in Table 2 therefore provide clear evidence of residual instrumental systematics in the TE and EE spectra. With our present understanding of the Planck polarization data, we believe that the dominant source of systematic error in the polarization spectra is caused by beam mismatch that generates leakage from temperature to polarization (recalling that the HFI polarization maps are generated by differencing signals between quadruplets of polarization sensitive bolometers). In principle, with accurate knowledge of the beams this leakage could be described by effective polarized beam window functions. For the 2015 papers, we use the TT beams rather than polarized beams, and characterize temperaturetopolarization leakage using a simplified model. The impact of beam mismatch on the polarization spectra in this model is where ϵ_{ℓ} is a polynomial in multipole. As a consequence of the Planck scanning strategy, pixels are visited approximately every six months, with a rotation of the focal plane by 180°, leading to a weak coupling to beam modes b_{ℓm} with odd values of m. The dominant contributions are expected to come from modes with m = 2 and 4, describing the beam ellipticity. We therefore fit the spectra using a fourthorder polynomial, (12)treating the coefficients a_{0}, a_{2}, and a_{4} as nuisance parameters in the MCMC analysis. We have ignored the odd coefficients of the polynomial, which should be suppressed by our scanning strategy. We do however include a constant term in the polynomial to account for small deviations of the polarization efficiency from unity. The fit is performed separately on the TE and EE spectra. A different polynomial is used for each crossfrequency spectrum. The coadded corrections are shown in the lower panels of Fig. 3. Empirically, we find that temperaturetopolarization leakage systematics tend to cancel in the coadded spectra. Although the bestfit leakage corrections to the coadded spectra are small, the corrections for individual frequency crossspectra can be up to 3 times larger than those shown in Fig. 3. The model of Eqs. (11a) and (11b) is clearly crude, but gives us some idea of the impact of temperaturetopolarization leakage in the coadded spectra. With our present empirical understanding of leakage, we find a correlation between the polarization spectra that have the highest expected temperaturetopolarization leakage and those that display high χ^{2} in Table 2. However, the characterization of this leakage is not yet accurate enough to reduce the χ^{2} values for each frequency combination to acceptable levels.
Fig. 4 Conditionals for the PlikTE and EE spectra, given the TT data computed from the Plik likelihood. The black lines show the expected TE and EE spectra given the TT data. The shaded areas show the ± 1 and ± 2σ ranges computed from Eq. (16). The blue points show the residuals for the measured TE and EE spectra.
Open with DEXTER Fig. 5 Conditionals for the CamSpecTE and EE spectra, given the TT data computed from the CamSpec likelihood. As in Fig. 4, the shaded areas show ± 1 and ± 2σ ranges, computed from Eq. (16)and blue points show the residuals for the measured TE and EE spectra.
Open with DEXTER As discussed in PCP13, each Planck data release and accompanying set of papers should be viewed as a snapshot of the state of the Planck analysis at the time of the release. For the 2015 release, we have a high level of confidence in the temperature power spectra. However, we have definite evidence for lowlevel systematics associated with temperaturetopolarization leakage in the polarization spectra. The tests described above suggest that these are at low levels of a few (μK)^{2} in D_{ℓ}. However, temperaturetopolarization leakage can introduce correlated features in the spectra, as shown by the EE leakage model plotted in Fig. 3. Until we have a more accurate characterization of these systematics, we urge caution in the interpretation of features in the TE and EE spectra. For some of the 2015 papers, we use the TE and EE spectra, without leakage corrections. For most of the models considered in this paper, the TT spectra alone provide tight constraints and so we take a conservative approach and usually quote the TT results. However, as we will see, we find a high level of consistency between the PlanckTT and full PlanckTT,TE,EE likelihoods. Some models considered in Sect. 6 are, however, sensitive to the polarization blocks of the likelihood. Examples include constraints on isocurvature modes, dark matter annihilation, and nonstandard recombination histories. Planck 2015 constraints on these models should be viewed as preliminary, pending a more complete analysis of polarization systematics, which will be presented in the next series of Planck papers accompanying a third data release.

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TE and EE conditionals. Given the bestfit base ΛCDM cosmology and foreground parameters determined from the temperature spectra, one can test whether the TE and EE spectra are consistent with the TT spectra by computing conditional probabilities. Writing the data vector as (13)where the quantities Ĉ^{TT}, Ĉ^{TE}, and Ĉ^{EE} are the maximum likelihood freqency coadded foregroundcorrected spectra. The covariance matrix of this vector can be partitioned as (14)The expected value of the polarization vector, given the observed temperature vector is (15)with covariance (16)In Eq. (15), and are the theoretical temperature and polarization spectra deduced from minimizing the Planck TT+lowP likelihood. Equations (15) and (16) give the expectation values and distributions of the polarization spectra conditional on the observed temperature spectra. These are shown in Fig. 4. Almost all of the data points sit within the ± 2σ bands and in the case of the TE spectra, the data points track the fluctuations expected from the TT spectra at multipoles ℓ ≲ 1000. Figure 4 therefore provides an important additional check of the consistency of the TE and EE spectra with the base ΛCDM cosmology.

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Likelihood implementation. Section 3.1 showed good consistency between the independently written CamSpec and Plik codes in temperature. The methodology used for the temperature likelihoods are very similar, but the treatment of the polarization spectra in the two codes differs substantially. CamSpec uses lowresolution CMBsubtracted 353GHz polarization maps thresholded by P = (Q^{2} + U^{2})^{1 / 2} to define diffuse Galactic polarization masks. The same apodized polarization mask, with an effective sky fraction (as defined by Eq. (10)), is used for 100, 143, and 217GHz Q and U maps. Since there are no unresolved extragalactic foregrounds detected in the TE and EE spectra, all of the different frequency combinations of TE and EE spectra are compressed into single TE and EE spectra (weighted by the inverse of the diagonals of the appropriate covariance matrices), after foreground cleaning using the 353GHz maps^{12} (generalizing the map cleaning technique described in Sect. 3.2 to polarization). This allows the construction of a full TT,TE,EE likelihood with no binning of the spectra and with no additional nuisance parameters in polarization. As noted in Sect. 3.1 the consistency of results from the polarization blocks of the CamSpec and Plik likelihoods is not as good as in temperature. Cosmological parameters from fits to the TE and EECamSpec and Plik likelihoods can differ by up to about 1.5σ, although no major science conclusions would change had we chosen to use the CamSpec likelihood as the baseline in this paper. We will, however, sometimes quote results from CamSpec in addition to those from Plik to give the reader an indication of the uncertainties in polarization associated with different likelihood implementations. Figure 5 shows the CamSpecTE and EE residuals and error ranges conditional on the bestfit base ΛCDM and foreground model fitted to the CamSpec temperature+lowP likelihood. The residuals in both TE and EE are similar to those from Plik. The main difference can be seen at low multipoles in the EE spectrum, where CamSpec shows a higher dispersion, consistent with the error model, though there are several high points at ℓ ≈ 200 corresponding to the minimum in the EE spectrum, which may be caused by small errors in the subtraction of polarized Galactic emission using 353 GHz as a foreground template (and there are also differences in the covariance matrices at high multipoles caused by differences in the methods used in CamSpec and Plik to estimate noise). Generally, cosmological parameters determined from the CamSpec likelihood have smaller formal errors than those from Plik because there are no nuisance parameters describing polarized Galactic foregrounds in CamSpec.
Parameters of the base ΛCDM cosmology computed from the 2015 baseline Planck likelihoods, illustrating the consistency of parameters determined from the temperature and polarization spectra at high multipoles.
3.3.3. Consistency of cosmological parameters from the TT, TE, and EE spectra
The consistency between parameters of the base ΛCDM model determined from the Plik temperature and polarization spectra are summarized in Table 3 and in Fig. 6. As pointed out by Zaldarriaga et al. (1997) and Galli et al. (2014), precision measurements of the CMB polarization spectra have the potential to constrain cosmological parameters to higher accuracy than measurements of the TT spectra because the acoustic peaks are narrower in polarization and unresolved foreground contributions at high multipoles are much lower in polarization than in temperature. The entries in Table 3 show that cosmological parameters that do not depend strongly on τ are consistent between the TT and TE spectra, to within typically 0.5σ or better. Furthermore, the cosmological parameters derived from the TE spectra have comparable errors to the TT parameters. None of the conclusions in this paper would change in any significant way were we to use the TE parameters in place of the TT parameters. The consistency of the cosmological parameters for base ΛCDM between temperature and polarization therefore gives added confidence that Planck parameters are insensitive to the specific details of the foreground model that we have used to correct the TT spectra. The EE parameters are also typically within about 1σ of the TT parameters, though because the EE spectra from Planck are noisier than the TT spectra, the errors on the EE parameters are significantly larger than those from TT. However, both the TE and EE likelihoods give lower values of τ, A_{s}, and σ_{8}, by over 1σ compared to the TT solutions. Noticee that the TE and EE entries in Table 3 do not use any information from the temperature in the lowmultipole likelihood. The tendency for higher values of σ_{8}, A_{s}, and τ in the Planck TT+lowP solution is driven, in part, by the temperature power spectrum at low multipoles.
Fig. 6
Comparison of the base ΛCDM model parameter constraints from Planck temperature and polarization data. 

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Columns (4) and (5) of Table 3 compare the parameters of the PlanckTT likelihood with the full PlanckTT,TE,EE likelihood. These are in agreement, shifting by less than 0.2σ. Although we have emphasized the presence of systematic effects in the Planck polarization spectra, which are not accounted for in the errors quoted in Col. (4) of Table 3, the consistency of the PlanckTT and PlanckTT,TE,EE parameters provides strong evidence that residual systematics in the polarization spectra have little impact on the scientific conclusions in this paper. The consistency of the base ΛCDM parameters from temperature and polarization is illustrated graphically in Fig. 6. As a rough ruleofthumb, for base ΛCDM, or extensions to ΛCDM with spatially flat geometry, using the full PlanckTT,TE,EE likelihood produces improvements in cosmological parameters of about the same size as adding BAO to the Planck TT+lowP likelihood.
3.4. Constraints on the reionization optical depth parameter τ
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Marginalized constraints on parameters of the base ΛCDM model for various data combinations, excluding lowmultipole polarization, compared to the Planck TT+lowP constraints. 

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The reionization optical depth parameter τ provides an important constraint on models of early galaxy evolution and star formation. The evolution of the intergalactic Lyα opacity measured in the spectra of quasars can be used to set limits on the epoch of reionization (Gunn & Peterson 1965). The most recent measurements suggest that the reionization of the intergalactic medium was largely complete by a redshift z ≈ 6 (Fan et al. 2006). The steep decline in the space density of Lyαemitting galaxies over the redshift range 6 ≲ z ≲ 8 also implies a low redshift of reionization (Choudhury et al. 2015). As a reference, for the Planck parameters listed in Table 3, instantaneous reionization at redshift z = 7 results in an optical depth of τ = 0.048.
The optical depth τ can also be constrained from observations of the CMB. The WMAP9 results of Bennett et al. (2013) give τ = 0.089 ± 0.014, corresponding to an instantaneous redshift of reionization z_{re} = 10.6 ± 1.1. The WMAP constraint comes mainly from the EE spectrum in the multipole range ℓ = 2−6. It has been argued (e.g., Robertson et al. 2013, and references therein) that the high optical depth reported by WMAP cannot be produced by galaxies seen in deep redshift surveys, even assuming high escape fractions for ionizing photons, implying additional sources of photoionizing radiation from still fainter objects. Evidently, it would be useful to have an independent CMB measurement of τ.
The τ measurement from CMB polarization is difficult because it is a small signal, confined to low multipoles, requiring accurate control of instrumental systematics and polarized foreground emission. As discussed by Komatsu et al. (2009), uncertainties in modelling polarized foreground emission are comparable to the statistical error in the WMAP τ measurement. In particular, at the time of the WMAP9 analysis there was very little information available on polarized dust emission. This situation has been partially rectified by the 353GHz polarization maps from Planck (Planck Collaboration Int. XXII 2015; Planck Collaboration Int. XXX 2016). In PPL13, we used preliminary 353GHz Planck polarization maps to clean the WMAP Ka, Q, and V maps for polarized dust emission, using WMAP Kband as a template for polarized synchrotron emission. This lowered τ by about 1σ to τ = 0.075 ± 0.013, compared to τ = 0.089 ± 0.013 using the WMAP dust model^{13}. However, given the preliminary nature of the Planck polarization analysis we decided for the Planck 2013 papers to use the WMAP polarization likelihood, as produced by the WMAP team.
In the 2015 papers, we use Planck polarization maps based on lowresolution LFI 70GHz maps, excluding Surveys 2 and 4. These maps are foregroundcleaned using the LFI 30GHz and HFI 353GHz maps as polarized synchrotron and dust templates, respectively. These cleaned maps form the polarization part (“lowP”) of the lowmultipole Planck pixelbased likelihood, as described in Planck Collaboration XI (2016). The temperature part of this likelihood is provided by the Commander componentseparation algorithm. The Planck lowmultipole likelihood retains 46% of the sky in polarization and is completely independent of the WMAP polarization likelihood. In combination with the Planck high multipole TT likelihood, the Planck lowmultipole likelihood gives τ = 0.078 ± 0.019. This constraint is somewhat higher than the constraint τ = 0.067 ± 0.022 derived from the Planck lowmultipole likelihood alone (see Planck Collaboration XI 2016 and also Sect. 5.1.2).
Following the 2013 analysis, we have used the 2015 HFI 353GHz polarization maps as a dust template, together with the WMAP Kband data as a template for polarized synchrotron emission, to clean the lowresolution WMAP Ka, Q, and V maps (see Planck Collaboration XI 2016 for further details). For the purpose of cosmological parameter estimation, this data set is masked using the WMAP P06 mask, which retains 73% of the sky. The noiseweighted combination of the Planck 353cleaned WMAP polarization maps yields τ = 0.071 ± 0.013 when combined with the PlanckTT information in the range 2 ≤ ℓ ≲ 2508, consistent with the value of τ obtained from the LFI 70GHz polarization maps. In fact, null tests described in Planck Collaboration XI (2016) demonstrate that the LFI and WMAP polarization data are statistically consistent. The HFI polarization maps have higher signaltonoise than the LFI and could, in principle, provide a third crosscheck. However, at the time of writing, we are not yet confident that systematics in the HFI maps at low multipoles (ℓ ≲ 20) are at negligible levels. A discussion of HFI polarization at low multipoles will therefore be deferred to future papers^{14}.
Given the difficulty of making accurate CMB polarization measurements at low multipoles, it is useful to investigate other ways of constraining τ. Measurements of the temperature power spectrum provide a highly accurate measurement of the amplitude A_{s}e^{− 2τ}. However, as shown in PCP13 CMB lensing breaks the degeneracy between τ and A_{s}. The observed PlanckTT spectrum is, of course, lensed, so the degeneracy between τ and A_{s} is partially broken when we fit models to the PlanckTT likelihood. However, the degeneracy breaking is much stronger if we combine the Planck TT likelihood with the Planck lensing likelihood constructed from measurements of the power spectrum of the lensing potential . The 2015 Planck TT and lensing likelihoods are statistically more powerful than their 2013 counterparts and the corresponding determination of τ is more precise. The 2015 Planck lensing likelihood (labelled “lensing”) is summarized in Sect. 5.1 and discussed in more detail in Planck Collaboration XV (2016). The constraints on τ and z_{re}^{15} for various data combinations excluding lowmultipole polarization data from Planck are summarized in Fig. 7 and compared with the baseline Planck TT+lowP parameters. This figure also shows the shifts of other parameters of the base ΛCDM cosmology, illustrating their sensitivity to changes in τ.
The Planck constraints on τ and z_{re} in the base ΛCDM model for various data combinations are: The constraint from Planck TT+lensing+BAO on τis completely independent of lowmultipole CMB polarization data and agrees well with the result from Planck polarization (and has comparable precision). These results all indicate a lower redshift of reionization than the value z_{re} = 11.1 ± 1.1 derived in PCP13, based on the WMAP9 polarization likelihood. The low values of τ from Planck are also consistent with the lower value of τ derived from the WMAP Planck 353GHzcleaned polarization likelihood, suggesting strongly that the WMAP9 value is biased slightly high by residual polarized dust emission.
The Planck results of Eqs. (17a)−(17e) provide evidence for a lower optical depth and redshift of reionization than inferred from WMAP (Bennett et al. 2013), partially alleviating the difficulties in reionizing the intergalactic medium using starlight from highredshift galaxies. A key goal of the Planck analysis over the next year is to assess whether these results are consistent with the HFI polarization data at low multipoles.
Given the consistency between the LFI and WMAP polarization maps when both are cleaned with the HFI 353GHz polarization maps, we have also constructed a combined WMAP+Planck lowmultipole polarization likelihood (denoted “lowP+WP”). This likelihood uses 73% of the sky and is constructed from a noiseweighted combination of LFI 70GHz and WMAP Ka, Q, and V maps, as summarized in Sect. 3.1 and discussed in more detail in Planck Collaboration XI (2016). In combination with the Planck highmultipole TT likelihood, the combined lowP+WP likelihood gives , consistent with the individual LFI and WMAP likelihoods to within about 0.5σ.
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Marginalized constraints on the reionization optical depth in the base ΛCDM model for various data combinations. Solid lines do not include lowmultipole polarization; in these cases the optical depth is constrained by Planck lensing. The dashed/dotted lines include LFI polarization (+lowP), or the combination of LFI and WMAP polarization cleaned using 353 GHz as a dust template (+lowP+WP). 

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The various Planck and Planck+WMAP constraints on τ are summarized in Fig. 8. The tightest of these constraints comes from the combined lowP+WP likelihood. It is therefore reasonable to ask why we have chosen to use the lowP likelihood as the baseline in this paper, which gives a higher statistical error on τ. The principal reason is to produce a Planck analysis, utilizing the LFI polarization data, that is independent of WMAP. All of the constraints shown in Fig. 8 are compatible with each other, and insofar as other cosmological parameters are sensitive to small changes in τ, it would make very little difference to the results in this paper had we chosen to use WMAP or Planck+WMAP polarization data at low multipoles.
4. Comparison of the Planck power spectrum with highresolution experiments
In PCP13 we combined Planck with the smallscale measurements of the groundbased, highresolution Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) and South Pole Telescope (SPT). The primary role of using ACT and SPT was to set limits on foreground components that were poorly constrained by Planck alone and to provide more accurate constraints on the damping tail of the temperature power spectrum. In this paper, with the higher signaltonoise levels of the full mission Planck data, we have taken a different approach, using the ACT and SPT data to impose a prior on the thermal and kinetic SZ power spectrum parameters in the Planck foreground model as described in Sect. 2.3. In this section, we check the consistency of the temperature power spectra measured by Planck, ACT, and SPT, and test the effects of including the ACT and SPT data on the recovered CMB power spectrum.
We use the latest ACT temperature power spectra presented in Das et al. (2014), with a revised binning described in Calabrese et al. (2013) and final beam estimates in Hasselfield et al. (2013a). As in PCP13 we use ACT data in the range 1 000 <ℓ< 10 000 at 148 GHz, and 1 500 <ℓ< 10 000 for the 148 × 218 and 218GHz spectra. We use SPT measurements in the range 2 000 <ℓ< 13 000 from the complete 2540 deg^{2} SPTSZ survey at 95, 150, and 220 GHz presented in George et al. (2015).
Each of these experiments uses a foreground model to describe the multifrequency power spectra. Here we implement a common foreground model to combine Planck with the highmultipole data, following a similar approach to PCP13 but with some refinements. Following the 2013 analysis, we solve for common nuisance parameters describing the tSZ, kSZ, and tSZ × CIB components, extending the templates used for Planck to ℓ = 13 000 to cover the full ACT and SPT multipole range. As in PCP13, we use five pointsource amplitudes to fit for the total dusty and radio Poisson power, namely , , , , and . We rescale these amplitudes to crossfrequency spectra using pointsource correlation coefficients, improving on the 2013 treatment by using different parameters for the ACT and SPT correlations, and (a single parameter was used in 2013). We vary and as in 2013, and include dust amplitudes for ACT, with Gaussian priors as in PCP13.
As described in Sect. 2.3 we use a theoretically motivated clustered CIB model fitted to Planck+IRAS estimates of the CIB. The model at all frequencies in the range 95−220 GHz is specified by a single amplitude . The CIB power is well constrained by Planck data at ℓ< 2000. At multipoles ℓ ≳ 3000, the 1halo component of the CIB model steepens and becomes degenerate with the Poisson power. This causes an underestimate of the Poisson levels for ACT and SPT, inconsistent with predictions from source counts. We therefore use the Planck CIB template only in the range 2 <ℓ< 3000, and extrapolate to higher multipoles using a power law . While this may not be a completely accurate model for the clustered CIB spectrum at high multipoles (see, e.g., Viero et al. 2013; Planck Collaboration XXX 2014), this extrapolation is consistent with the CIB model used in the analysis of ACT and SPT. We then need to extrapolate the Planck 217GHz CIB power to the ACT and SPT frequencies. This requires converting the CIB measurement in the HFI 217GHz channel to the ACT and SPT bandpasses assuming a spectral energy distribution; we use the CIB spectral energy distribution from Béthermin et al. (2012). Combining this model with the ACT and SPT bandpasses, we find that has to be multiplied by 0.12 and 0.89 for ACT 148 and 218 GHz, and by 0.026, 0.14, and 0.91 for SPT 95, 150, and 220 GHz, respectively. With this model in place, the bestfit Planck, ACT, and SPT Poisson levels agree with those predicted from source counts, as discussed further in Planck Collaboration XI (2016).
The nuisance model includes seven calibration parameters as in PCP13 (four for ACT and three for SPT). The ACT spectra are internally calibrated using the WMAP 9year maps, with 2% and 7% uncertainty at 148 and 218 GHz, while SPT calibrates using the Planck 2013 143GHz maps, with 1.1%, 1.2%, and 2.2% uncertainty at 95, 150, and 220 GHz. To account for the increased 2015 Planck absolute calibration (2% higher in power) we increase the mean of the SPT mapbased calibrations from 1.00 to 1.01.
Fig. 9
Residual power with respect to the Planck TT+lowP ΛCDM bestfit model for the Planck (grey), ACT south (orange), ACT equatorial (red), and SPT (green) CMB bandpowers. The ACT and SPT bandpowers are scaled by the bestfit calibration factors. 

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This common foreground and calibration model fits the data well. We first fix the cosmology to that of the bestfit Planck TT+lowP baseΛCDM model, and estimate the foreground and calibration parameters, finding a bestfitting χ^{2} of 734 for 731 degrees of freedom (reduced χ^{2} = 1.004, PTE = 0.46). We then simultaneously estimate the Planck, ACT (S: south, E: equatorial) and SPT CMB bandpowers, C_{b}, following the Gibbs sampling scheme of Dunkley et al. (2013) and Calabrese et al. (2013), marginalizing over the nuisance parameters.
To simultaneously solve for the Planck, ACT, and SPT CMB spectra, we extend the nuisance model described above, including the four Planck point source amplitudes, the dust parameters and the Planck 100GHz and 217GHz calibration parameters (relative to 143 GHz) with the same priors as used in the Planck multifrequency likelihood analysis. For ACT and SPT, the calibration factors are defined for each frequency (rather than relative to a central frequency). Following Calabrese et al. (2013), we separate out the 148GHz calibration for the ACT(S,E) spectra and the 150GHz calibration for SPT, estimating the CMB bandpowers as C_{b}/A_{cal}^{16}. We impose Gaussian priors on A_{cal}: 1.00 ± 0.02 for ACT(S,E); and 1.010 ± 0.012 for SPT. The estimated CMB spectrum will then have an overall calibration uncertainty for each of the ACTS, ACTE, and SPT spectra. We do not require the Planck CMB bandpowers to be the same as those for ACT or SPT, so that we can check for consistency between the three experiments.
In Fig. 9 we show the residual CMB power with respect to the Planck TT+lowP ΛCDM bestfit model for the three experiments. All of the data sets are consistent over the multipole range plotted in this figure. For ACTS, we find χ^{2} = 17.54 (18 data points, PTE = 0.49); For ACTE we find χ^{2} = 23.54 (18 data points, PTE = 0.17); and for SPT χ^{2} = 5.13 (six data points, PTE = 0.53).
Fig. 10
Planck CMB power spectrum that is marginalized over foregrounds (red), including a prior on the thermal and kinetic SZ power. The inclusion of the full higher resolution ACT and SPT data (shown in blue) does not significantly decrease the errors. 

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Figure 10 shows the effect of including ACT and SPT data on the recovered Planck CMB spectrum. We find that including the ACT and SPT data does not reduce the Planck errors significantly. This is expected because the dominant smallscale foreground contributions for Planck are the Poisson source amplitudes, which are treated independently of the Poisson amplitudes for ACT and SPT. The highresolution experiments do help tighten the CIB amplitude (which is reasonably well constrained by Planck) and the tSZ and kSZ amplitudes (which are subdominant foregrounds for Planck). The kSZ effect in particular is degenerate with the CMB, since both have blackbody components; imposing a prior on the allowed kSZ power (as discussed in Sect. 2.3) breaks this degeneracy. The net effect is that the errors on the recovered Planck CMB spectrum are only marginally reduced with the inclusion of the ACT and SPT data. This motivates our choice to include the information from ACT and SPT into the joint tSZ and kSZ prior applied to Planck.
The Gibbs sampling technique recovers a bestfit CMB spectrum marginalized over foregrounds and other nuisance parameters. The Gibbs samples can then be used to form a fast CMBonly Planck likelihood that depends on only one nuisance parameter, the overall calibration y_{p}. MCMC chains run using the CMBonly likelihood therefore converge much faster than using the full multifrequency Plik likelihood. The CMBonly likelihood is also extremely accurate, even for extensions to the base ΛCDM cosmology and is discussed further in Planck Collaboration XI (2016).
5. Comparison of the Planck base ΛCDM model with other astrophysical data sets
5.1. CMB lensing measured by Planck
Gravitational lensing by largescale structure leaves imprints on the CMB temperature and polarization that can be measured in high angular resolution, lownoise observations, such as those from Planck. The most relevant effects are a smoothing of the acoustic peaks and troughs in the TT, TE, and EE power spectra, the conversion of Emode polarization to Bmodes, and the generation of significant nonGaussianity in the form of a nonzero connected 4point function (see Lewis & Challinor 2006 for a review). The latter is proportional to the power spectrum of the lensing potential φ, and so one can estimate this power spectrum from the CMB 4point functions. In the 2013 Planck release, we reported a 10σ detection of the lensing effect in the TT power spectrum (see PCP13) and a 25σ measurement of the amplitude of from the TTTT 4point function (Planck Collaboration XVII 2014). The power of such lensing measurements is that they provide sensitivity to parameters that affect the latetime expansion, geometry, and matter clustering (e.g., spatial curvature and neutrino masses) from the CMB alone.
Since the 2013 Planck release, there have been significant developments in the field of CMB lensing. The SPT team have reported a 7.7σ detection of lensinduced Bmode polarization based on the EBφ^{CIB} 3point function, where φ^{CIB} is a proxy for the CMB lensing potential φ derived from CIB measurements (Hanson et al. 2013). The POLARBEAR collaboration (POLARBEAR Collaboration 2014b) and the ACT collaboration (van Engelen et al. 2015) have performed similar analyses at somewhat lower significance (POLARBEAR Collaboration 2014b). In addition, the first detections of the polarization 4point function from lensing, at a significance of around 4σ, have been reported by the POLARBEAR (Ade et al. 2014) and SPT (Story et al. 2015) collaborations, and the former have also made a direct measurement of the BB power spectrum due to lensing on small angular scales with a significance around 2σ (POLARBEAR Collaboration 2014a). Finally, the BB power spectrum from lensing has also been detected on degree angular scales, with similar significance, by the BICEP2 collaboration (BICEP2 Collaboration 2014); see also BKP.
5.1.1. The Planck lensing likelihood
Lensing results from the fullmission Planck data are discussed in Planck Collaboration XV (2016)^{17}. With approximately twice the amount of temperature data, and the inclusion of polarization, the noise levels on the reconstructed φ are a factor of about 2 better than in Planck Collaboration XVII (2014). The broadband amplitude of is now measured to better than 2.5% accuracy, the most significant measurement of CMB lensing to date. Moreover, lensing Bmodes are detected at 10σ, both through a correlation analysis with the CIB and via the TTEB 4point function. Many of the results in this paper make use of the Planck measurements of . In particular, they provide an alternative route to estimate the optical depth (as already discussed in Sect. 3.4), and to tightly constrain spatial curvature (Sect. 6.2.4).
Fig. 11
Planck measurements of the lensing power spectrum compared to the prediction for the bestfitting base ΛCDM model to the Planck TT+lowP data. Left: the conservative cut of the Planck lensing data used throughout this paper, covering the multipole range 40 ≤ ℓ ≤ 400. Right: lensing data over the range 8 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2048, demonstrating the general consistency with the ΛCDM prediction over this extended multipole range. In both cases, green points are the power from lensing reconstructions using only temperature data, while blue points combine temperature and polarization. They are offset in ℓ for clarity and error bars are ± 1σ. In the top panels the solid lines are the bestfitting base ΛCDM model to the Planck TT+lowP data with no renormalization or δN^{(1)} correction applied (see text for explanation). The bottom panels show the difference between the data and the renormalized and δN^{(1)}corrected theory bandpowers, which enter the likelihood. The mild preference of the lensing measurements for lower lensing power around ℓ = 200 pulls the theoretical prediction for downwards at the bestfitting parameters of a fit to the combined Planck TT+lowP+lensing data, shown by the dashed blue lines (always for the conservative cut of the lensing data, including polarization). 

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The estimation of from the Planck fullmission data is discussed in detail in Planck Collaboration XV (2016). There are a number of significant changes from the 2013 analysis that are worth noting here.

The lensing potential power spectrum is now estimated from lens reconstructions that use both temperature and polarization data in the multipole range100 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2048. The likelihood used here is based on the power spectrum of a lens reconstruction derived from the minimumvariance combination of five quadratic estimators (TT, TE, EE, TB, and EB). The power spectrum is therefore based on 15 different 4point functions.

The results used here are derived from foregroundcleaned maps of the CMB synthesized from all nine Planck frequency maps with the SMICA algorithm, while the baseline 2013 results used a minimumvariance combination of the 143GHz and 217GHz nominalmission maps. After masking the Galaxy and pointsources, 67.3% of the sky is retained for the lensing analysis.

The lensing power spectrum is estimated in the multipole range 8 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2048. Multipoles ℓ< 8 have large meanfield corrections due to survey anisotropy and are rather unstable to analysis choices; they are therefore excluded from all lensing results. Here, we use only the range 40 ≤ ℓ ≤ 400 (the same as used in the 2013 analysis), with eight bins each of width Δℓ = 45. This choice is based on the extensive suite of null tests reported in Planck Collaboration XV (2016). Nearly all tests are passed over the full multipole range 8 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2048, with the exception of a slight excess of curl modes in the TT reconstruction around ℓ = 500. Given that the range 40 ≤ ℓ ≤ 400 contains most of the statistical power in the reconstruction, we have conservatively adopted this range for use in the Planck 2015 cosmology papers.

To normalize from the measured 4point functions requires knowledge of the CMB power spectra. In practice, we normalize with fiducial spectra, but then correct for changes in the true normalization at each point in parameter space within the likelihood. The exact renormalization scheme adopted in the 2013 analysis proved to be too slow for the extension to polarization, so we now use a linearized approximation, based on precomputed response functions, which is very efficient within an MCMC analysis. Spotchecks have confirmed the accuracy of this approach.

The measurement of can be thought of as being derived from an optimal combination of trispectrum configurations. In practice, the expectation value of this combination at any multipole ℓ has a local part proportional to , but also a nonlocal (“N^{(1)} bias”) part that couples to a broad range of multipoles in (Kesden et al. 2003); this nonlocal part comes from nonprimary trispectrum couplings. In the Planck 2013 analysis we corrected for the N^{(1)} bias by making a fiducial correction, but this ignores its parameter dependence. We improve on this in the 2015 analysis by correcting for errors in the fiducial N^{(1)} bias at each point in parameter space within the lensing likelihood. As with the renormalization above, we linearize this δN^{(1)} correction for efficiency. As a result, we no longer need to make an approximate correction in the covariance matrix to account for the cosmological uncertainty in N^{(1)}.

Beam uncertainties are no longer included in the covariance matrix of , since, with the improved knowledge of the beams, the estimated uncertainties are negligible for the lensing analysis. The only interbandpower correlations included in the bandpower covariance matrix are from the uncertainty in the correction applied for the pointsource 4point function.
As in the 2013 analysis, we approximate the lensing likelihood as Gaussian in the estimated bandpowers, with a fiducial covariance matrix. Following the arguments in Schmittfull et al. (2013), it is a good approximation to ignore correlations between the 2 and 4point functions; so, when combining the Planck power spectra with Planck lensing, we simply multiply their respective likelihoods.
It is also worth noting that the changes in absolute calibration of the Planck power spectra (around 2% between the 2013 and 2015 releases) do not directly affect the lensing results. The CMB 4point functions do, of course, respond to any recalibration of the data, but in estimating this dependence is removed by normalizing with theory spectra fit to the observed CMB spectra. The measured bandpowers from the 2013 and current Planck releases can therefore be directly compared, and are in good agreement (Planck Collaboration XV 2016). Care is needed, however, in comparing consistency of the lensing measurements across data releases with the bestfitting model predictions. Changes in calibration translate directly into changes in A_{s}e^{− 2τ}, which, along with any change in the bestfitting optical depth, alter A_{s}, and hence the predicted lensing power. These changes from 2013 to the current release go in opposite directions, leading to a net decrease in A_{s} of 0.6%. This, combined with a small (0.15%) increase in θ_{eq}, reduces the expected by approximately 1.5% for multipoles ℓ> 60.
The Planck measurements of , based on the temperature and polarization 4point functions, are plotted in Fig. 11 (with results of a temperatureonly reconstruction included for comparison). The measured are compared with the predicted lensing power from the bestfitting base ΛCDM model to the Planck TT+lowP data in this figure. The bandpowers that are used in the conservative lensing likelihood adopted in this paper are shown in the lefthand plot, while bandpowers over the range 8 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2048 are shown in the righthand plot, to demonstrate the general consistency with the ΛCDM prediction over the full multipole range. The difference between the measured bandpowers and the bestfit prediction are shown in the bottom panels. Here, the theory predictions are corrected in the same way as they are in the likelihood^{18}.
Figure 11 suggests that the Planck measurements of are mildly in tension with the prediction of the bestfitting ΛCDM model. In particular, for the conservative multipole range 40 ≤ ℓ ≤ 400, the temperature+polarization reconstruction has χ^{2} = 15.4 (for eight degrees of freedom), with a PTE of 5.2%. For reference, over the full multipole range χ^{2} = 40.8 for 19 degrees of freedom (PTE of 0.3%); the large χ^{2} is driven by a single bandpower (638 ≤ ℓ ≤ 762), and excluding this gives an acceptable χ^{2} = 26.8 (PTE of 8%). We caution the reader that this multipole range is where the lensing reconstruction shows a mild excess of curlmodes (Planck Collaboration XV 2016), and for this reason we adopt the conservative multipole range for the lensing likelihood in this paper.
This simple χ^{2} test does not account for the uncertainty in the predicted . In the ΛCDM model, the dominant uncertainty in the multipole range 40 ≤ ℓ ≤ 400 comes from that in A_{s} (1σ uncertainty of 3.7% for Planck TT+lowP), which itself derives from the uncertainty in the reionization optical depth, τ. The predicted rms lensing deflection from Planck TT+lowP data is ⟨ d^{2} ⟩ ^{1 / 2} = (2.50 ± 0.05) arcmin, corresponding to a 3.6% uncertainty (1σ) in the amplitude of (which improves to 3.1% uncertainty for the combined Planck+WP likelihood). Note that this is larger than the uncertainty on the measured amplitude, i.e., the lensing measurement is more precise than the prediction from the CMB power spectra in even the simplest ΛCDM model. This model uncertainty is reflected in a scatter in the χ^{2} of the lensing data over the Planck TT+lowP chains, , which is significantly larger than the expected scatter in χ^{2} at the true model, due to the uncertainties in the lensing bandpowers (). Following the treatment in PCP13, we can assess consistency more carefully by introducing a parameter that scales the theory lensing trispectrum at every point in parameter space in a joint analysis of the CMB spectra and the lensing spectrum. We find (18)in good agreement with the expected value of unity. The posterior for , and other lensing amplitude measures discussed below, is shown in Fig. 12.
Fig. 12
Marginalized posterior distributions for measures of the lensing power amplitude. The darkblue (dotdashed) line is the constraint on the parameter , which scales the amplitude of the lensing power spectrum in the lensing likelihood for the Planck TT+lowP+lensing data combination. The other lines are for the A_{L} parameter, which scales the lensing power spectrum used to lens the CMB spectra, for the data combinations Planck TT+lowP (blue, solid), Planck TE+lowP (red, dashed), Planck EE+lowP (green, dashed), and Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP (black, dashed). The dotted lines show the A_{L} constraints when the Plik likelihood is replaced with CamSpec, highlighting that the preference for high A_{L} in the Planck EE+lowP data combination is not robust to the treatment of polarization on intermediate and small scales. 

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Given the precision of the measured compared to the uncertainty in the predicted spectrum from fits to the Planck TT+lowP data, the structure in the residuals seen in Fig. 11 might be expected to pull parameters in joint fits. As discussed in Planck Collaboration XV (2016) and Pan et al. (2014), the primary parameter dependence of at multipoles ℓ ≳ 100 is through A_{s} and ℓ_{eq} in ΛCDM models. Here, ℓ_{eq} ∝ 1 /θ_{eq} is the angular multipole corresponding to the horizon size at matterradiation equality observed at a distance χ_{∗}. The combination A_{s}ℓ_{eq} determines the meansquared deflection ⟨ d^{2} ⟩, while ℓ_{eq} controls the shape of . For the parameter ranges of interest, (19)where n_{ℓ} arises (mostly) from the strong wavenumber dependence of the transfer function for the gravitational potential, with n_{ℓ} ≈ 1.5 around ℓ = 200.
In joint fits to Planck TT+lowP+lensing, the main parameter changes from Planck TT+lowP alone are a 2.6% reduction in the bestfit A_{s}, with an accompanying reduction in the bestfit τ, to 0.067 (around 0.6σ; see Sect. 3.4). There is also a 0.7% reduction in ℓ_{eq}, achieved at fixed θ_{∗} by reducing ω_{m}. These combine to reduce by approximately 4% at ℓ = 200, consistent with Eq. (19). The difference between the theory lensing spectrum at the bestfit parameters in the Planck TT+lowP and Planck TT+lowP+lensing fits are shown by the dashed blue lines in Fig. 11. In the joint fit, the χ^{2} for the lensing bandpowers improves by 6, while the χ^{2} for the Planck TT+lowP data degrades by only 1.2 (2.8 for the highℓTT data and −1.6 for the lowℓTEB data).
The lower values of A_{s} and ω_{m} in the joint fit give a 2% reduction in σ_{8}, with (20)as shown in Fig. 19. The decrease in matter density leads to a corresponding decrease in Ω_{m}, and at fixed θ_{∗} (approximately ∝ Ω_{m}h^{3}) a 0.5σ increase in H_{0}, giving (21)Joint Planck+lensing constraints on other parameters of the base ΛCDM cosmology are given in Table. 4.
Planck Collaboration XV (2016) discusses the effect on parameters of extending the lensing multipole range in joint fits with Planck TT + lowP. In the base ΛCDM model, using the full multipole range 8 ≤ ℓ ≤ 2048, the parameter combination (which is well determined by the lensing measurements) is pulled around 1σ lower that its value using the conservative lensing range, with a negligible change in the uncertainty. Around half of this shift comes from the 3.6σ outlying bandpower (638 ≤ ℓ ≤ 762). In massive neutrino models, the total mass is similarly pulled higher by around 1σ when using the full lensing multipole range.
5.1.2. Detection of lensing in the CMB power spectra
The smoothing effect of lensing on the acoustic peaks and troughs of the TT power spectrum is detected at high significance in the Planck data. Following PCP13 (see also Calabrese et al. 2008), we introduce a parameter A_{L}, which scales the theory power spectrum at each point in parameter space, and which is used to lens the CMB spectra^{19}. The expected value for base ΛCDM is A_{L} = 1. The results of such an analysis for models with variable A_{L} is shown in Fig. 12. The marginalized constraint on A_{L} is (22)This is very similar to the result from the 2013 Planck data reported in PCP13. The persistent preference for A_{L}> 1 is discussed in detail there. For the 2015 data, we find that Δχ^{2} = −6.4 between the bestfitting ΛCDM+ A_{L} model and the bestfitting base ΛCDM model. There is roughly equal preference for high A_{L} from intermediate and high multipoles (i.e., the Plik likelihood; Δχ^{2} = −2.6) and from the lowℓ likelihood (Δχ^{2} = −3.1), with a further small change coming from the priors.
Fig. 13
Changes in the CMB TT spectrum and foreground spectra, between the bestfitting A_{L} model and the bestfitting base ΛCDM model to the Planck TT+lowP data. The solid blue line shows the difference between the A_{L} model and ΛCDM while the dashed line has the the same values of the other cosmological parameters, but with A_{L} set to unity, to highlight the changes in the spectrum arising from differences in the other parameters. Also shown are the changes in the bestfitting foreground contributions to the four frequency crossspectra between the A_{L} model and the ΛCDM model. The data points (with ± 1σ errors) are the differences between the highℓ maximumlikelihood frequencyaveraged CMB spectrum and the bestfitting ΛCDM model to the Planck TT+lowP data (as in Fig. 1). Note that the changes in the CMB spectrum and the foregrounds should be added when comparing to the residuals in the data points. 

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Increases in A_{L} are accompanied by changes in all other parameters, with the general effect being to reduce the predicted CMB power on large scales, and in the region of the second acoustic peak, and to increase CMB power on small scales (see Fig. 13). A reduction in the highℓ foreground power compensates the CMB increase on small scales. Specifically, n_{s} is increased by 1% relative to the bestfitting base model and A_{s} is reduced by 4%, both of which lower the largescale power to provide a better fit to the measured spectra around ℓ = 20 (see Fig. 1). The densities ω_{b} and ω_{c} respond to the change in n_{s}, following the usual ΛCDM acoustic degeneracy, and A_{s}e^{− 2τ} falls by 1%, attempting to reduce power in the damping tail due to the increase in n_{s} and reduction in the diffusion angle θ_{D} (which follows from the reduction in ω_{m}). The changes in A_{s} and A_{s}e^{− 2τ} lead to a reduction in τ from 0.078 to 0.060. With these cosmological parameters, the lensing power is lower than in the base model, which additionally increases the CMB power in the acoustic peaks and reduces it in the troughs. This provides a poor fit to the measured spectra around the fourth and fifth peaks, but this can be mitigated by increasing A_{L} to give more smoothing from lensing than in the base model. However, A_{L} further increases power in the damping tail, but this is partly offset by reduction of the power in the highℓ foregrounds.
The trends in the TT spectrum that favour high A_{L} have a similar pull on parameters such as curvature (Sect. 6.2.4) and the dark energy equation of state (Sect. 6.3) in extended models. These parameters affect the latetime geometry and clustering and so alter the lensing power, but their effect on the primary CMB fluctuations is degenerate with changes in the Hubble constant (to preserve θ_{∗}). The same parameter changes as those in A_{L} models are found in these extended models, but with, for example, the increase in A_{L} replaced by a reduction in Ω_{K}. Adding external data, however, such as the Planck lensing data or BAO (Sect. 5.2), pull these extended models back to base ΛCDM.
Finally, we note that lensing is also detected at lower significance in the polarization power spectra (see Fig. 12): These results use only polarization at low multipoles, i.e., with no temperature data at multipoles ℓ< 30. These are the first detections of lensing in the CMB polarization spectra, and reach almost 5σ in TE. We caution the reader that the A_{L} constraints from EE and lowℓ polarization are rather unstable between highℓ likelihoods because of differences in the treatment of the polarization data (see Fig. 12, which compares constraints from the Plik and CamSpec polarization likelihoods). The result of replacing Plik with the CamSpec likelihood is , i.e., around 1σ lower than the result from Plik reported in Eq. (23b). If we additionally include the lowℓ temperature data, A_{L} from TE increases: (24)The pull to higher A_{L} in this case is due to the reduction in TT power in these models on large scales (as discussed above).
5.2. Baryon acoustic oscillations
Baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) measurements are geometric and largely unaffected by uncertainties in the nonlinear evolution of the matter density field and additional systematic errors that may affect other types of astrophysical data. As in PCP13, we therefore use BAO as a primary astrophysical data set to break parameter degeneracies from CMB measurements.
Fig. 14
Acousticscale distance ratio D_{V}(z) /r_{drag} in the base ΛCDM model divided by the mean distance ratio from Planck TT+lowP+lensing. The points with 1σ errors are as follows: green star (6dFGS, Beutler et al. 2011); square (SDSS MGS, Ross et al. 2015); red triangle and large circle (BOSS “LOWZ” and CMASS surveys, Anderson et al. 2014); and small blue circles (WiggleZ, as analysed by Kazin et al. 2014). The grey bands show the 68% and 95% confidence ranges allowed by Planck TT+lowP+lensing. 

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Figure 14 shows an updated version of Fig. 15 from PCP13. The plot shows the acousticscale distance ratio D_{V}(z) /r_{drag} measured from a number of largescale structure surveys with effective redshift z, divided by the mean acousticscale ratio in the base ΛCDM cosmology using Planck TT+lowP+lensing. Here r_{drag} is the comoving sound horizon at the end of the baryon drag epoch and D_{V} is a combination of the angular diameter distance D_{A}(z) and Hubble parameter H(z), (25)The grey bands in the figure show the ± 1σ and ± 2 σ ranges allowed by Planck in the base ΛCDM cosmology.
The changes to the data points compared to figure 15 of PCP13 are as follows. We have replaced the SDSS DR7 measurements of Percival et al. (2010) with the recent analysis of the SDSS Main Galaxy Sample (MGS) of Ross et al. (2015) at z_{eff} = 0.15, and by the Anderson et al. (2014) analysis of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) “LOWZ” sample at z_{eff} = 0.32. Both of these analyses use peculiar velocity field reconstructions to sharpen the BAO feature and reduce the errors on D_{V}/r_{drag}. The blue points in Fig. 14 show a reanalysis of the WiggleZ redshift survey by Kazin et al. (2014) that applyies peculiar velocity reconstructions. These reconstructions cause small shifts in D_{V}/r_{drag} compared to the unreconstructed WiggleZ results of Blake et al. (2011) and lead to reductions in the errors on the distance measurements at z_{eff} = 0.44 and z_{eff} = 0.73. The point labelled “BOSS CMASS” at z_{eff} = 0.57 shows D_{V}/r_{drag} from the analysis of Anderson et al. (2014), updating the BOSSDR9 analysis of Anderson et al. (2012) used in PCP13.
In fact, the Anderson et al. (2014) analysis solves jointly for the positions of the BAO feature in both the lineofsight and transverse directions (the distortion in the transverse direction caused by the background cosmology is sometimes called the AlcockPaczynski effect, Alcock & Paczynski 1979), leading to joint constraints on the angular diameter distance D_{A}(z_{eff}) and the Hubble parameter H(z_{eff}). These constraints, using the tabulated likelihood included in the CosmoMC module^{20}, are plotted in Fig. 15. Samples from the Planck TT+lowP+lensing chains are shown for comparison, coloured by the value of Ω_{c}h^{2}. The length of the degeneracy line is set by the allowed variation in H_{0} (or equivalently Ω_{m}h^{2}). In the Planck TT+lowP+lensing ΛCDM analysis the line is defined approximately by (26)which just grazes the BOSS CMASS 68% error ellipse plotted in Fig. 15. Evidently, the Planck base ΛCDM parameters are in good agreement with both the isotropized D_{V} BAO measurements plotted in Fig. 14, and with the anisotropic constraints plotted in Fig. 15.
Fig. 15
68% and 95% constraints on the angular diameter distance D_{A}(z = 0.57) and Hubble parameter H(z = 0.57) from the Anderson et al. (2014) analysis of the BOSS CMASSDR11 sample. The fiducial sound horizon adopted by Anderson et al. (2014) is . Samples from the Planck TT+lowP+lensing chains are plotted coloured by their value of Ω_{c}h^{2}, showing consistency of the data, but also that the BAO measurement can tighten the Planck constraints on the matter density. 

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In this paper, we use the 6dFGS, SDSSMGS, and BOSSLOWZ BAO measurements of D_{V}/r_{drag} (Beutler et al. 2011; Ross et al. 2015; Anderson et al. 2014) and the CMASSDR11 anisotropic BAO measurements of Anderson et al. (2014). Since the WiggleZ volume partially overlaps that of the BOSSCMASS sample, and the correlations have not been quantified, we do not use the WiggleZ results in this paper. It is clear from Fig. 14 that the combined BAO likelihood is dominated by the two BOSS measurements.
In the base ΛCDM model, the Planck data constrain the Hubble constant H_{0} and matter density Ω_{m} to high precision: (27)With the addition of the BAO measurements, these constraints are strengthened significantly to (28)These numbers are consistent with the Planck+lensing constraints of Eq. (21). Section 5.4 discusses the consistency of these estimates of H_{0} with direct measurements.
Although lowredshift BAO measurements are in good agreement with Planck for the base ΛCDM cosmology, this may not be true at high redshifts. Recently, BAO features have been measured in the fluxcorrelation function of the Lyα forest of BOSS quasars (Delubac et al. 2015) and in the crosscorrelation of the Lyα forest with quasars (FontRibera et al. 2014). These observations give measurements of c/ (H(z)r_{drag}) and D_{A}(z) /r_{drag} (with somewhat lower precision) at z = 2.34 and z = 2.36, respectively. For example, from table II of Aubourg et al. (2015) the two Lyα BAO measurements combined give c/ (H(2.34)r_{drag}) = 9.14 ± 0.20, compared to the predictions of the base PlanckΛCDM cosmology of 8.586 ± 0.021, which are discrepant at the 2.7σ level. At present, it is not clear whether this discrepancy is caused by systematics in the Lyα BAO measurements (which are more complex and less mature than galaxy BAO measurements) or an indicator of new physics. As Aubourg et al. (2015) discuss, it is difficult to find a physical explanation for the Lyα BAO results without disrupting the consistency with the much more precise galaxy BAO measurements at lower redshifts.
5.3. Type Ia supernovae
Type Ia supernovae (SNe) are powerful probes of cosmology (Riess et al. 1998; Perlmutter et al. 1999) and particularly of the equation of state of dark energy. In PCP13, we used two samples of type Ia SNe, the “SNLS” compilation (Conley et al. 2011) and the “Union2.1” compilation (Suzuki et al. 2012). The SNLS sample was found to be in mild tension, at about the 2σ level, with the 2013 Planck base ΛCDM cosmology favouring a value of Ω_{m} ≈ 0.23 compared to the Planck value of Ω_{m} = 0.315 ± 0.017. Another consequence of this tension showed up in extensions to the base ΛCDM model, where the combination of Planck and the SNLS sample showed 2σ evidence for a “phantom” (w< −1) dark energy equation of state.
Following the submission of PCP13, Betoule et al. (2013) reported the results of an extensive campaign to improve the relative photometric calibrations between the SNLS and SDSS supernova surveys. The “Joint Lightcurve Analysis” (JLA) sample, used in this paper, is constructed from the SNLS and SDSS SNe data, together with several samples of low redshift SNe^{21}. Cosmological constraints from the JLA sample are discussed by Betoule et al. (2014) and residual biases associated with the photometry and light curve fitting are assessed by Mosher et al. (2014). For the base ΛCDM cosmology, Betoule et al. (2014) find Ω_{m} = 0.295 ± 0.034, consistent with the 2013 and 2015 Planck values for base ΛCDM. This relieves the tension between the SNLS and Planck data reported in PCP13. Given the consistency between Planck and the JLA sample for base ΛCDM, one can anticipate that the combination of these two data sets will constrain the dark energy equation of state to be close to w = −1 (see Sect. 6.3).
Since the submission of PCP13, first results from a sample of Type Ia SNe discovered with the PanSTARRS survey have been reported by Rest et al. (2014) and Scolnic et al. (2014). The PanSTARRS sample is still relatively small (consisting of 146 spectroscopically confirmed Type Ia SNe) and is not used in this paper.
5.4. The Hubble constant
CMB experiments provide indirect and highly modeldependent estimates of the Hubble constant. It is therefore important to compare CMB estimates with direct estimates of H_{0}, since any significant evidence of a tension could indicate the need for new physics. In PCP13, we used the Riess et al. (2011, hereafter R11)Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Cepheid+SNe based estimate of H_{0} = (73.8 ± 2.4) km s^{1}Mpc^{1} as a supplementary “H_{0}prior”. This value was in tension at about the 2.5σ level with the 2013 Planck base ΛCDM value of H_{0}.
For the base ΛCDM model, CMB and BAO experiments consistently find a value of H_{0} lower than the R11 value. For example, the 9year WMAP data (Bennett et al. 2013; Hinshaw et al. 2013) give^{22}: These numbers can be compared with the Planck 2015 values given in Eqs. (27)and (28). The WMAP constraints are driven towards the Planck values by the addition of the BAO data and so there is persuasive evidence for a low H_{0} in the base ΛCDM cosmology independently of the highmultipole CMB results from Planck. The 2015 Planck TT+lowP value is entirely consistent with the 2013 Planck value and so the tension with the R11 H_{0} determination remains at about 2.4σ.
The tight constraint on H_{0} in Eq. (29b)is an example of an “inverse distance ladder,” where the CMB primarily constrains the sound horizon within a given cosmology, providing an absolute calibration of the BAO acousticscale (e.g., Percival et al. 2010; Cuesta et al. 2015; Aubourg et al. 2015, see also PCP13). In fact, in a recent paper Aubourg et al. (2015) use the 2013 Planck constraints on r_{s} in combination with BAO and the JLA SNe data to find H_{0} = (67.3 ± 1.1) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}, in excellent agreement with the 2015 Planck value for base ΛCDM given in Eq. (27), which is based on the Planck temperature power spectrum. Note that by adding SNe data, the Aubourg et al. (2015) estimate of H_{0} is insensitive to spatial curvature and to late time variations of the dark energy equation of state. Evidently, there are a number of lines of evidence that point to a lower value of H_{0} than the direct determination of R11.
The R11 Cepheid data have been reanalysed by Efstathiou (2014, hereafter E14) using the revised geometric maser distance to NGC 4258 of Humphreys et al. (2013). Using NGC 4258 as a distance anchor, E14 finds (30)which is within 1σ of the Planck TT estimate given in Eq. (27). In this paper we use Eq. (30)as a “conservative” H_{0} prior.
R11 also use Large Magellanic Cloud Cepheids and a small sample of Milky Way Cepheids with parallax distances as alternative distance anchors to NGC 4258. The R11 H_{0} prior used in PCP13 combines all three distance anchors. Combining the LMC and MW distance anchors, E14 finds (31)under the assumption that there is no metallicity variation of the Cepheid periodluminosity relation. This is discrepant with Eq. (27)at about the 2.2σ level. However, neither the central value nor the error in Eq. (31)is reliable. The MW Cepheid sample is small and dominated by short period (<10 day) objects. The MW Cepheid sample therefore has very little overlap with the period range of SNe host galaxy Cepheids observed with HST. As a result, the MW solutions for H_{0} are unstable (see Appendix A of E14). The LMC solution is sensitive to the metallicity dependence of the Cepheid periodluminosity relation which is poorly constrained by the R11 data. Furthermore, the estimate in Eq. (30)is based on a differential measurement, comparing HST photometry of Cepheids in NGC 4258 with those in SNe host galaxies. It is therefore less prone to photometric systematics, such as crowding corrections, than is the LMC+MW estimate of Eq. (31). It is for these reasons that we have adopted the prior of Eq. (30)in preference to using the LMC and MW distance anchors^{23}.
Direct measurements of the Hubble constant have a long and sometimes contentious history (see, e.g., Tammann et al. 2008). The controversy continues to this day and in the literature one can find “high” values, e.g., H_{0} = (74.3 ± 2.6) km s^{1}Mpc^{1} (Freedman et al. 2012), and “low” values, e.g., H_{0} = (63.7 ± 2.3) km s^{1}Mpc^{1} (Tammann & Reindl 2013). The key point that we wish to make is that the Planckonly estimates of Eqs. (21)and (27), and the Planck+BAO estimate of Eq. (28)all have small errors and are consistent. If a persuasive case can be made that a direct measurement of H_{0} conflicts with these estimates, then this will be strong evidence for additional physics beyond the base ΛCDM model.
Finally, we note that in a recent analysis Bennett et al. (2014) derive a “concordance” value of H_{0} = (69.6 ± 0.7) km s^{1}Mpc^{1} for base ΛCDM by combining WMAP9+SPT+ACT+BAO with a slightly revised version of the R11 H_{0} value, (73.0 ± 2.4) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}. The Bennett et al. (2014) central value for H_{0} differs from the Planck value of Eq. (28)by nearly 3% (or 2.5σ). The reason for this difference is that the Planck data are in tension with the Story et al. (2013) SPT data (as discussed in Appendix B of PCP13; note that the tension is increased with the Planck full mission data) and with the revised R11 H_{0} determination. Both tensions drive the Bennett et al. (2014) value of H_{0} away from the Planck solution.
5.5. Additional data
5.5.1. Redshift space distortions
Transverse versus lineofsight anisotropies in the redshiftspace clustering of galaxies induced by peculiar motions can, potentially, provide a powerful way of constraining the growth rate of structure (e.g., Percival & White 2009). A number of studies of redshiftspace distortions (RSD) have been conducted to measure the parameter combination fσ_{8}(z), where for models with scaleindependent growth (32)and D is the linear growth rate of matter fluctuations. Notice that the parameter combination fσ_{8} is insensitive to differences between the clustering of galaxies and dark matter, i.e., to galaxy bias (Song & Percival 2009). In the base ΛCDM cosmology, the growth factor f(z) is well approximated as f(z) = Ω_{m}(z)^{0.545}. More directly, in linear theory the quadrupole of the redshiftspace clustering anisotropy actually probes the densityvelocity correlation power spectrum, and we therefore define (33)as an approximate proxy for the quantity actually being measured. Here measures the smoothed densityvelocity correlation and is defined analogously to , but using the correlation power spectrum P_{vd}(k), where v = −∇·v_{N}/H and v_{N} is the Newtoniangauge (peculiar) velocity of the baryons and dark matter, and d is the total matter density perturbation. This definition assumes that the observed galaxies follow the flow of the cold matter, not including massive neutrino velocity effects. For models close to ΛCDM, where the growth is nearly scale independent, it is equivalent to defining fσ_{8} in terms of the growth of the baryon+CDM density perturbations (excluding neutrinos).
Fig. 16
Constraints on the growth rate of fluctuations from various redshift surveys in the base ΛCDM model: green star (6dFGRS, Beutler et al. 2012); purple square (SDSS MGS, Howlett et al. 2015); cyan cross (SDSS LRG, Oka et al. 2014); red triangle (BOSS LOWZ survey, GilMarín et al. 2016); large red circle (BOSS CMASS, as analysed by Samushia et al. 2014); blue circles (WiggleZ, Blake et al. 2012); and green diamond (VIPERS, de la Torre et al. 2013). The points with dashed red error bars correspond to alternative analyses of BOSS CMASS from Beutler et al. (2014a, small circle, offset for clarity) and Chuang et al. (2016, small square). Of the BOSS CMASS points, two are based on the same DR11 data set (Samushia et al. 2014; Beutler et al. 2014a), while the third is based on the more recent DR12 (Chuang et al. 2016), and are therefore not independent. The grey bands show the range allowed by Planck TT+lowP+lensing in the base ΛCDM model. Where available (for SDSS MGS and BOSS), we have plotted conditional constraints on fσ_{8} assuming a PlanckΛCDM background cosmology. The WiggleZ points are plotted conditional on the mean Planck cosmology prediction for F_{AP} (evaluated using the covariance between fσ_{8} and F_{AP} given in Blake et al. 2012). The 6dFGS point is at sufficiently low redshift that it is insensitive to the cosmology. 

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The use of RSD as a measure of the growth of structure is still under active development and is considerably more difficult than measuring the positions of BAO features. Firstly, adopting the wrong fiducial cosmology can induce an anisotropy in the clustering of galaxies, via the AlcockPaczynski (AP) effect, which is strongly degenerate with the anisotropy induced by peculiar motions. Secondly, much of the RSD signal currently comes from scales where nonlinear effects and galaxy bias are significant and must be accurately modelled in order to relate the density and velocity fields (see, e.g., the discussions in Bianchi et al. 2012; Okumura et al. 2012; Reid et al. 2014; White et al. 2015).
Current constraints^{24}, assuming a Planck base ΛCDM model, are shown in Fig. 16. Neglecting the AP effect can lead to biased measurements of fσ_{8} if the assumed cosmology differs, and to significant underestimation of the errors (Howlett et al. 2015). The analyses summarized in Fig. 16 solve simultaneously for RSD and the AP effect, except for the 6dFGS point (which is insensitive to cosmology) and the VIPERS point (which has a large error). The grey bands show the range allowed by Planck TT+lowP+lensing in the base ΛCDM model, and are consistent with the RSD data. The tightest constraints on fσ_{8} in this figure come from the BOSS CMASSDR11 analyses of Beutler et al. (2014a) and Samushia et al. (2014). The Beutler et al. (2014a) analysis is performed in Fourier space and shows a small bias in fσ_{8} compared to numerical simulations when fitting over the wavenumber range 0.01−0.20 h Mpc^{1}. The Samushia et al. (2014) analysis is performed in configuration space and shows no evidence of biases when compared to numerical simulations. The updated DR12 CMASS result from Chuang et al. (2016) marginalizes over a polynomial model for systematic errors in the correlation function monopole, and is consistent with these and the Planck constraints, with a somewhat larger error bar.
Fig. 17
68% and 95% contours in the fσ_{8}–F_{AP} plane (marginalizing over D_{v}/r_{s}) for the CMASSDR11 sample as analysed by Samushia et al. (2014, solid, our defult), and Beutler et al. (2014a, dotted). The green contours show the constraint from Planck TT+lowP+lensing in the base ΛCDM model. 

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The Samushia et al. (2014) results are expressed as a 3 × 3 covariance matrix for the three parameters D_{V}/r_{drag}, F_{AP} and fσ_{8}, evaluated at an effective redshift of z_{eff} = 0.57, where F_{AP} is the “AlcockPaczynski” parameter (34)The principal degeneracy is between fσ_{8} and F_{AP} and is illustrated in Fig. 17, compared to the constraint from Planck TT+lowP+lensing for the base ΛCDM cosmology. The Planck results sit slightly high but overlap the 68% contour from Samushia et al. (2014). The Planck result lies about 1.5σ higher than the Beutler et al. (2014a) analysis of the BOSS CMASS sample.
RSD measurements are not used in combination with Planck in this paper. However, in the companion paper exploring dark energy and modified gravity (Planck Collaboration XIV 2016), the RSD/BAO measurements of Samushia et al. (2014) are used together with Planck. Where this is done, we exclude the Anderson et al. (2014) BOSSCMASS results from the BAO likelihood. Since Samushia et al. (2014) do not apply a density field reconstruction in their analysis, the BAO constraints from BOSSCMASS are then slightly weaker, though consistent, with those of Anderson et al. (2014).
5.5.2. Weak gravitational lensing
Weak gravitational lensing offers a potentially powerful technique for measuring the amplitude of the matter fluctuation spectrum at low redshifts. Currently, the largest weak lensing data set is provided by the CFHTLenS survey (Heymans et al. 2012; Erben et al. 2013). The first science results from this survey appeared shortly before the completion of PCP13 and it was not possible to do much more than offer a cursory comparison with the Planck 2013 results. As reported in PCP13, at face value the results from CFHTLenS appeared to be in tension with the Planck 2013 base ΛCDM cosmology at about the 2−3σ level. Since neither the CFHTLenS results nor the 2015 Planck results have changed significantly from those in PCP13, it is worth discussing this discrepancy in more detail in this paper.
Weak lensing data can be analysed in various ways. For example, one can compute two correlation functions from the ellipticities of pairs of images separated by angle θ,which are related to the convergence power spectrum P^{κ}(ℓ) of the survey at multipole ℓ via (35)where the Bessel functions in (35)are J_{+} ≡ J_{0} and J_{−} ≡ J_{4} (see, e.g., Bartelmann & Schneider 2001). Much of the information from the CFHTLenS survey correlation function analyses comes from wavenumbers at which the matter power spectrum is strongly nonlinear, complicating any direct comparison with Planck.
This can be circumventing by performing a 3D spherical harmonic analysis of the shear field, allowing one to impose lower limits on the wavenumbers that contribute to a weak lensing likelihood. This has been done by Kitching et al. (2014). Including only wavenumbers with k ≤ 1.5 h Mpc^{1}, Kitching et al. (2014) find constraints in the σ_{8}–Ω_{m} plane that are consistent with the results from Planck. However, by excluding modes with higher wavenumbers, the lensing constraints are weakened. When they increase the wavenumber cutoff to k = 5 h Mpc^{1} some tension with Planck begins to emerge (which these authors argue may be an indication of the effects of baryonic feedback in suppressing the matter power spectrum at small scales). The largescale properties of CFHTLenS therefore seem broadly consistent with Planck and it is only as CFHTLenS probes higher wavenumbers, particular in the 2D and tomographic correlation function analyses (Heymans et al. 2013; Kilbinger et al. 2013; Fu et al. 2014; MacCrann et al. 2015), that apparently strong discrepancies with Planck appear.
Fig. 18
Samples in the σ_{8}–Ω_{m} plane from the H13 CFHTLenS data (with angular cuts as discussed in the text), coloured by the value of the Hubble parameter, compared to the joint constraints when the lensing data are combined with BAO (blue), and BAO with the CMB acoustic scale parameter fixed to θ_{MC} = 1.0408 (green). For comparison, the Planck TT+lowP constraint contours are shown in black. The grey bands show the constraint from Planck CMB lensing. We impose a weak prior on the primoridal amplitude, 2 < ln(10^{10}A_{s}) < 4, which has some impact on the distribution of CFHTLenSonly samples. 

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The situation is summarized in Fig. 18. The sample points show parameter values in the σ_{8}–Ω_{m} plane for the ΛCDM base model, computed from the Heymans et al. (2013, hereafter H13) tomographic measurements of ξ_{±}. These data consist of correlation function measurements in six photometric redshift bins extending over the redshift range 0.2−1.3. We use the blue galaxy sample, since H13 find that this sample shows no evidence for intrinsic galaxy alignments (simplifying the comparison with theory) and we apply the “conservative” cuts of H13, intended to reduce sensitivity to the nonlinear part of the power spectrum; these cuts eliminate measurements with θ< 3′ for any redshift combination that involves the lowest two redshift bins. Here we have used the halofit prescription of Takahashi et al. (2012) to model the nonlinear power spectrum, but do not include any model of baryon feedback or intrinsic alignments. For the lensingonly constraint we also impose additional priors in a similar way to the CMB lensing analysis described in Planck Collaboration XV (2016), i.e., Gaussian priors Ω_{b}h^{2} = 0.0223 ± 0.0009 and n_{s} = 0.96 ± 0.02, where the exact values (chosen to span reasonable ranges given CMB data) have little impact on the results. The sample range shown also restricts the Hubble parameter to 0.2 <h< 1; note that when comparing with constraint contours, the location of the contours can change significantly depending on the H_{0} prior range assumed. We also use a weak prior on the primoridal amplitude, 2 < ln(10^{10}A_{s}) < 4, which shows up the strong correlation between Ω_{m}–σ_{8}–H_{0} in the region of parameter space relevant for comparison with Planck. In Fig. 18 we only show lensing contours after the samples have been projected into the space allowed by the BAO data (blue contours), or also additionally restricting to the reduced space where θ_{MC} is fixed to the Planck value, which is accurately measured. The black contours show the constraints from Planck TT+lowP.
The lensing samples just overlap with Planck, and superficially one might conclude that the two data sets are consistent. However, the weak lensing constraints approximately define a 1D degeneracy in the 3D Ω_{m}–σ_{8}–H_{0} space, so consistency of the Hubble parameter at each point in the projected space must also be considered (see appendix E1 of Planck Collaboration XV 2016). Comparing the contours in Fig. 18 (the regions where the weak lensing constraints are consistent with BAO observations) the CFHTLenS data favour a lower value of σ_{8} than the Planck data (and much of the area of the blue contours also has higher Ω_{m}). However, even with the conservative angular cuts applied by H13, the weak lensing constraints depend on the nonlinear model of the power spectrum and on the possible influence of baryonic feedback in reshaping the matter power spectrum at small spatial scales (HarnoisDéraps et al. 2015; MacCrann et al. 2015). The importance of these effects can be reduced by imposing even more conservative angular cuts on ξ_{±}, but of course, this weakens the statistical power of the weak lensing data. The CFHTLenS data are not used in combination with Planck in this paper (apart from specific cases in Sects. 6.3 and 6.4.4) and, in any case, would have little impact on most of the extended ΛCDM constraints discussed in Sect. 6. Weak lensing can, however, provide important constraints on dark energy and modified gravity. The CFHTLenS data are therefore used in combination with Planck in the companion paper (Planck Collaboration XIV 2016), which explores several halofit prescriptions and the impact of applying more conservative angular cuts to the H13 measurements.
5.5.3. Planck cluster counts
In 2013 we noted a possible tension between our primary CMB constraints and those from the Planck SZ cluster counts, with the clusters preferring lower values of σ_{8} in the base ΛCDM model in some analyses (Planck Collaboration XX 2014). The comparison is interesting because the cluster counts directly measure σ_{8} at low redshift; any tension could signal the need for extensions to the base model, such as nonminimal neutrino mass (though see Sect. 6.4). However, limited knowledge of the scaling relation between SZ signal and mass have hampered the interpretation of this result.
With the full mission data we have created a larger catalogue of SZ clusters with a more accurate characterization of its completeness (Planck Collaboration XXIV 2016). By fitting the counts in redshift and signaltonoise, we are able to simultaneously constrain the slope of the SZ signal−mass scaling relation and the cosmological parameters. A major uncertainty, however, remains the overall mass calibration, which in Planck Collaboration XX (2014) we quantified with a “hydrostatic bias” parameter, (1−b), with a fiducial value of 0.8 and a range 0.7 < (1−b) < 1 (consistent with some other studies, e.g., Simet et al. 2015). In the base ΛCDM model, the primary CMB constraints prefer a normalization below the lower end of this range, (1−b) ≈ 0.6. The recent, empirical normalization of the relation by the Weighing the Giants lensing programme (WtG; von der Linden et al. 2014) gives 0.69 ± 0.07 for the 22 clusters in common with the Planck cluster sample. This calibration reduces the tension with the primary CMB constraints in base ΛCDM. In contrast, correlating the entire Planck 2015 SZ cosmology sample with Planck CMB lensing gives 1 / (1−b) = 1.0 ± 0.2 (Planck Collaboration XXIV 2016), toward the upper end of the range adopted in Planck Collaboration XX (2014), although with a large uncertainty. An alternative lensing calibration analysis by the Canadian Cluster Comparison Project, which uses 37 clusters in common with the Planck cluster sample (Hoekstra et al. 2015) finds (1−b) = 0.76 ± 0.05 (stat.) ± 0.06 (syst.), which lies between the other two mass calibrations. These calibrations are not yet definitive and the situation will continue to evolve with improvements in mass measurements from larger samples of clusters.
A recent analysis of cluster counts for an Xrayselected sample (REFLEX II) shows some tension with the Planck base ΛCDM cosmology (Böhringer et al. 2014). However, an analysis of cluster counts of Xrayselected clusters by the WtG collaboration, incorporating the WtG weak lensing mass calibration, finds σ_{8}(Ω_{m}/ 0.3)^{0.17} = 0.81 ± 0.03, in good agreement with the Planck CMB results for base ΛCDM (Mantz et al. 2015). This raises the possibility that there may be systematic biases in the assumed scaling relations for SZselected clusters compared to Xrayselected clusters (in addition to a possible mass calibration bias). Mantz et al. (2015) give a brief review of recent determinations of σ_{8} from Xray, opticallyselected, and SZselected samples, to which we refer the reader. More detailed discussion of constraints from combining Planck cluster counts with primary CMB anisotropies and other data sets can be found in Planck Collaboration XXIV (2016).
5.6. Cosmic concordance?
Fig. 19
Marginalized constraints on parameters of the base ΛCDM model without lowℓEmode polarization (filled contours), compared to the constraints from using lowℓEmode polarization (unfilled contours) or assuming a strong prior that reionization was at z_{re} = 7 ± 1 and z_{re}> 6.5 (“reion prior”, dashed contours). Grey bands show the constraint from CMB lensing alone. 

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Table 4 summarizes the cosmological parameters in the base ΛCDM for Planck combined with various data sets discussed in this section. Although we have seen from the survey presented above that base ΛCDM is consistent with a wide range of cosmological data, there are two areas of tension:

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the Lyα BAO measurements at high redshift (Sect. 5.2);

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the Planck CMB estimate of the amplitude of the fluctuation spectrum and the lower values inferred from weak lensing, and (possibly) cluster counts and redshift space distortions (Sect. 5.5).
The first point to note is that the astrophysical data in areas (1) and (2) are complex and more difficult to interpret than most of the astrophysical data sets discussed in this section. The interpretation of the data in area (2) depends on nonlinear modelling of the power spectrum, and in the case of clusters and weak lensing, on uncertain baryonic physics. Understanding these effects more accurately sets a direction for future research.
It is, however, worth reviewing our findings on σ_{8} and Ω_{m} from Planck assuming base ΛCDM. These are summarized in Fig. 19 and the following constraints: The last line imposes a Gaussian prior of z_{re} = 7 ± 1 with a limit z_{re}> 6.5 on the reionization redshift in place of the reionization constraints from the lowP likelihood. As discussed in Sect. 3.4, such a low redshift of reionization is close to the lowest plausible value allowed by astrophysical data (though such low values are not favoured by either the WMAP or LFI polarization data). The addition of Planck lensing data pulls σ_{8} down by about 1σ from the Planck TT+lowP value, so Eq. (36c)is the lowest possible range allowed by the Planck CMB data. As shown in Fig. 19, adding the TE and EE spectra at high multipoles does not change the Planck constraints. If a convincing case can be made that astrophysical data conflict with the estimate of Eq. (36c), then this will be powerful evidence for new physics beyond base ΛCDM with minimalmass neutrinos.
A number of authors have interpreted the discrepancies in area (2) as evidence for new physics in the neutrino sector (e.g., Planck Collaboration XX 2014; Hamann & Hasenkamp 2013; Battye & Moss 2014; Battye et al. 2015; Wyman et al. 2014; Beutler et al. 2014b). They use various data combinations together with Planck to argue for massive neutrinos with mass ∑ m_{ν} ≈ 0.3 eV or for a single sterile neutrino with somewhat higher mass. The problem here is that any evidence for new neutrino physics is driven mainly by the additional astrophysical data, not by Planck CMB anisotropy measurements. In addition, the external data sets are not entirely consistent, so tensions remain. As discussed in PCP13 (see also Leistedt et al. 2014; Battye et al. 2015) Planck data usually favour base ΛCDM over extended models. Implications of the Planck 2015 data for neutrino physics are discussed in Sect. 6.4 and tensions between Planck and external data in various extended neutrino models are discussed further in Sect. 6.4.4.
As mentioned above, we do not use RSD or galaxy weak lensing measurements for combined constraints in this paper (apart from Sects. 6.3 and 6.4.4, where we use the CFHTLenS data) . They are, however, used in the paper exploring constraints on dark energy and modified gravity (Planck Collaboration XIV 2016). For some models discussed in that paper, the combination of Planck, RSD, and weak lensing data does prefer extensions to the base ΛCDM cosmology.
Parameter 68% confidence limits for the base ΛCDM model from Planck CMB power spectra, in combination with lensing reconstruction (“lensing”) and external data (“ext”, BAO+JLA+H_{0}).
6. Extensions to the base ΛCDM model
Constraints on 1parameter extensions to the base ΛCDM model for combinations of Planck power spectra, Planck lensing, and external data (BAO+JLA+H_{0}, denoted “ext”).
6.1. Grid of models
The full grid results are available online^{25}. Figure 20 and Table 5 summarize the constraints on oneparameter extensions to base ΛCDM. As in PCP13, we find no strong evidence in favour of any of these simple oneparameter extensions using Planck or Planck combined with BAO. The entire grid has been run using both the Plik and CamSpec likelihoods. As noted in Sect. 3, the parameters derived from these two TT likelihoods agree to better than 0.5σ for base ΛCDM. This level of agreement also holds for the extended models analysed in our grid. In Sect. 3 we also pointed out that we have definite evidence, by comparing spectra computed with different frequency combinations, of residual systematics in the TE and EE spectra. These systematics average down in the coadded TE and EE spectra, but the remaining level of systematics in these coadded spectra are not yet well quantified (though they are small). Thus, we urge the reader to treat parameters computed from the TT,TE,EE likelihoods with some caution. In the case of polarization, the agreement between the Plik and CamSpecTE and EE likelihoods is less good, with shifts in parameters of up to 1.5σ (though such large shifts are unusual). In general, the behaviour of the TT,TE,EE likelihoods is as shown in Fig. 20. For extended models, the addition of the Planck polarization data at high multipoles reduces the errors on extended parameters compared to the Planck temperature data and pulls the parameters towards those of base ΛCDM. A similar behaviour is seen if the Planck TT (or PlanckTT,TE,EE) data are combined with BAO.
The rest of this section discusses the grid results in more detail and also reports results on some additional models (specifically dark matter annihilation, tests of the recombination history, and cosmic defects) that are not included in our grid.
Fig. 20
68% and 95% confidence regions on 1parameter extensions of the base ΛCDM model for Planck TT+lowP (grey), Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP (red), and Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO (blue). Horizontal dashed lines correspond to the parameter values assumed in the base ΛCDM cosmology, while vertical dashed lines show the mean posterior values in the base model for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO. 

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6.2. EarlyUniverse physics
Arguably the most important result from 2013 Planck analysis was the finding that simple singlefield inflationary models, with a tilted scalar spectrum n_{s} ≈ 0.96, provide a very good fit to the Planck data. We found no evidence for a tensor component or running of the scalar spectral index, no strong evidence for isocurvature perturbations or features in the primordial power spectrum (Planck Collaboration XXII 2014), and no evidence for nonGaussianity (Planck Collaboration XXIV 2014), cosmic strings or other topological defects (Planck Collaboration XXV 2014). On large angular scales, the Planck data showed some evidence for “anomalies” seen previously in the WMAP data (Bennett et al. 2011). These include a dip in the power spectrum in the multipole range 20 ≲ ℓ ≲ 30 (see Fig. 1) and some evidence for a departure from statistical isotropy on large angular scales (Planck Collaboration XXIII 2014). However, the statistical significance of these anomalies is not high enough to provide compelling evidence for new physics beyond simple singlefield inflation.
The Planck 2013 results led to renewed interest in the R^{2} inflationary model, originally introduced by Starobinsky (1980), and related inflationary models that have flat effective potentials of similar form (e.g., Kallosh & Linde 2013; Ferrara et al. 2013; Buchmuller et al. 2013; Ellis et al. 2013). A characteristic of these models is that they produce a red tilted scalar spectrum and a low tensortoscalar ratio. For reference, the Starobinsky model predicts (Starobinsky 1979; Mukhanov & Chibisov 1981) where N is the number of efoldings between the end of inflation and the time that our present day Hubble scale crossed the inflationary horizon, and numerical values are for the range 50 ≤ N ≤ 60.
Although the Planck 2013 results stimulated theoretical work on inflationary models with low tensortoscalar ratios, the cosmological landscape became more complicated following the detection of a Bmode polarization anisotropy by the BICEP2 team (BICEP2 Collaboration 2014). If the BICEP2 signal were primarily caused by primordial gravitational waves, then the inferred tensortoscalar ratio would have been r_{0.01} ≈ 0.2^{26}, apparently in conflict with the 2013 Planck 95% upper limit of r_{0.002}< 0.11, based on fits to the temperature power spectrum. Since the Planck constraints on r are highly model dependent (and fixed mainly by lower k) it is possible to reconcile these results by introducing additional parameters, such as large tilts or strong running of the spectral indices.
Fig. 21
Left: constraints on the tensortoscalar ratio r_{0.002} in the ΛCDM model, using Planck TT+lowP and Planck TT+lowP+lensing+BAO+JLA+H_{0} (red and blue, respectively) assuming negligible running and the inflationary consistency relation. The result is modeldependent; for example, the grey contours show how the results change if there were additional relativistic degrees of freedom with ΔN_{eff} = 0.39 (disfavoured, but not excluded, by Planck). Dotted lines show loci of approximately constant efolding number N, assuming simple V ∝ (φ/m_{Pl})^{p} singlefield inflation. Solid lines show the approximate n_{s}–r relation for quadratic and linear potentials, to first order in slow roll; red lines show the approximate allowed range assuming 50 <N< 60 and a powerlaw potential for the duration of inflation. The solid black line (corresponding to a linear potential) separates concave and convex potentials. Right: equivalent constraints in the ΛCDM model when adding Bmode polarization results corresponding to the default configuration of the BICEP2/Keck Array+Planck (BKP) likelihood. These exclude the quadratic potential at a higher level of significance compared to the Planckalone constraints. 

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The situation has been clarified following a joint analysis of BICEP2/Keck observations and Planck polarization data reported in BKP. This analysis shows that polarized dust emission contributes a significant part of the BICEP2 signal. Correcting for polarized dust emission, BKP report a 95% upper limit of r_{0.05}< 0.12 on scaleinvariant tensor modes, eliminating the tension between the BICEP2 and the Planck 2013 results. There is therefore no evidence for inflationary tensor modes from Bmode polarization measurements at this time (although the BKP analysis leaves open the possibility of a much higher tensortoscalar ratio than the prediction of Eq. (37b) for Starobinskytype models).
The layout of the rest of this subsection is as follows. In Sect. 6.2.1 we review the Planck 2015 and Planck+BKP constraints on n_{s} and r. Constraints on the running of the scalar spectral index are presented in Sect. 6.2.2. Polarization data provide a powerful way of testing for isocurvature modes, as discussed in Sect. 6.2.3. Finally, Sect. 6.2.4 summarizes our results on spatial curvature. A discussion of specific inflationary models and tests for features in the primordial power spectrum can be found in Planck Collaboration XX (2016).
6.2.1. Scalar spectral index and tensor fluctuations
Primordial tensor fluctuations (gravitational waves) contribute to both the CMB temperature and polarization power spectra. Gravitational waves entering the horizon between recombination and the present day generate a tensor contribution to the largescale CMB temperature anisotropy. In this data release, the strongest constraint on tensor modes from Planck data still comes from the CMB temperature spectrum at ℓ ≲ 100. The corresponding comoving wavenumbers probed by the Planck temperature spectrum have k ≲ 0.008 Mpc^{1}, with very little sensitivity to higher wavenumbers because gravitational waves decay on subhorizon scales. The precision of the Planck constraint is limited by cosmic variance of the largescale anisotropies (which are dominated by the scalar component), and it is also model dependent. In polarization, in addition to Bmodes, the EE and TE spectra also contain a signal from tensor modes coming from the lastscattering and reionization epochs. However, in this release the addition of Planck polarization constraints at ℓ ≥ 30 do not significantly change the results from temperature and lowℓ polarization (see Table 5).
Figure 21 shows the 2015 Planck constraint in the n_{s}–r plane, adding r as a 1parameter extension to base ΛCDM. For base ΛCDM (r = 0), the value of n_{s} is (38)We highlight this number here since n_{s}, a key parameter for inflationary cosmology, shows one of the largest shifts of any parameter in base ΛCDM between the Planck 2013 and Planck 2015 analyses (about 0.7σ). As explained in Sect. 3.1, part of this shift was caused by the ℓ ≈ 1800 systematic in the nominalmission 217 × 217 spectrum used in PCP13.
The red contours in Fig. 21 show the constraints from Planck TT+lowP. These are similar to the constraints shown in Fig. 23 of PCP13, but with n_{s} shifted to slightly higher values. The addition of BAO or the Planck lensing data to Planck TT+lowP lowers the value of Ω_{c}h^{2}, which, at fixed θ_{∗}, increases the smallscale CMB power. To maintain the fit to the Planck temperature power spectrum for models with r = 0, these parameter shifts are compensated by a change in the amplitude A_{s} and the tilt n_{s} (by about 0.4σ). The increase in n_{s} to match the observed power on small scales leads to a decrease in the scalar power on large scales, allowing room for a slightly larger contribution from tensor modes. The constraints shown by the blue contours in Fig. 21, which combine Planck lensing, BAO, and other astrophysical data, are therefore tighter in the n_{s} direction and shifted to slightly higher values, but marginally weaker in the rdirection. The 95% limits on r_{0.002} are consistent with the results reported in PCP13. Here we assume the secondorder slowroll consistency relation for the tensor spectral index. The result in Eqs. (39a) and (39b) are mildly scale dependent, with equivalent limits on r_{0.05} being weaker by about 5%.
PCP13 noted a mismatch between the bestfit base ΛCDM model and the temperature power spectrum at multipoles ℓ ≲ 40, partly driven by the dip in the multipole range 20 ≲ ℓ ≲ 30. If this mismatch is simply a statistical fluctuation of the ΛCDM model (and there is no compelling evidence to think otherwise), the strong Planck limit (compared to forecasts) is the result of chance low levels of scalar mode confusion. On the other hand, if the dip represents a failure of the ΛCDM model, the 95% limits of Eqs. (39a)and (39b)may be underestimates. These issues are considered at greater length in Planck Collaboration XX (2016) and will not be discussed further in this paper.
As mentioned above, the Planck temperature constraints on r are modeldependent and extensions to ΛCDM can give significantly different results. For example, extra relativistic degrees of freedom increase the smallscale damping of the CMB anisotropies at a fixed angular scale, which can be compensated by increasing n_{s}, allowing a larger tensor mode. This is illustrated by the grey contours in Fig. 21, which show the constraints for a model with ΔN_{eff} = 0.39. Although this value of ΔN_{eff} is disfavoured by the Planck data (see Sect. 6.4.1) it is not excluded at a high significance level.
This example emphasizes the need for direct tests of tensor modes based on measurements of a largescale Bmode pattern in CMB polarization. PlanckBmode constraints from the 100 and 143GHz HFI channels, presented in Planck Collaboration XI (2016), give a 95% upper limit of r ≲ 0.27. However, at present the tightest Bmode constraints on r come from the BKP analysis of the BICEP2/Keck field, which covers approximately 400 deg^{2} centred on RA = 0^{h}, . These measurements probe the peak of the Bmode power spectrum at around ℓ = 100, corresponding to gravitational waves with k ≈ 0.01 Mpc^{1} that enter the horizon during recombination (i.e., somewhat smaller than the scales that contribute to the Planck temperature constraints on r). The results of BKP give a posterior for r that peaks at r_{0.05} ≈ 0.05, but is consistent with r_{0.05} = 0. Thus, at present there is no convincing evidence of a primordial Bmode signal. At these low values of r, there is no longer any tension with Planck temperature constraints.
The analysis of BKP constrains r defined relative to a fixed fiducial Bmode spectrum, and on its own does not give a useful constraint on either the scalar amplitude or n_{s}. A combined analysis of the Planck CMB spectra and the BKP likelihood can, selfconsistently, give constraints in the n_{s}–r plane, as shown in the righthand panel of Fig. 21. The BKP likelihood pulls the contours to slightly nonzero values of r, with best fits of around r_{0.002} ≈ 0.03, but at very low levels of statistical significance. The BKP likelihood also rules out the upper tail of r values allowed by Planck alone. The joint Planck+BKP likelihood analyses give the 95% upper limits The exact values of these upper limits are weakly dependent on the details of the foreground modelling applied in the BKP analysis (see BKP for further details). The results given here are for the baseline 2parameter model, varying the Bmode dust amplitude and frequency scaling, using the lowest five Bmode bandpowers.
Fig. 22
Constraints on the tensortoscalar ratio r_{0.002} in the ΛCDM model with running, using Planck TT+lowP (samples, coloured by the running parameter), and Planck TT+lowP+lensing+BAO (black contours). Dashed contours show the corresponding constraints also including the BKPBmode likelihood. These are compared to the constraints when the running is fixed to zero (blue contours). Parameters are plotted at k = 0.002 Mpc^{1}, which is approximately the scale at which Planck probes tensor fluctuations; however, the scalar tilt is only constrained well on much smaller scales. The inflationary slowroll consistency relation is used here for n_{t} (though the range of running allowed is much larger than would be expected in most slowroll models). 

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Allowing a running of the scalar spectral index as an additional free parameter weakens the Planck constraints on r_{0.002}, as shown in Fig. 22. The coloured samples in Fig. 22 illustrate how a negative running allows the largescale scalar spectral index n_{s,0.002} to shift towards higher values, lowering the scalar power on large scales relative to small scales, thereby allowing a larger tensor contribution. However adding the BKP likelihood, which directly constrains the tensor amplitude on smaller scales, significantly reduces the extent of this degeneracy leading to a 95% upper limit of r_{0.002}< 0.10 even in the presence of running (i.e., similar to the results of Eqs. (40a) and (40b)).
The Planck+BKP joint analysis rules out a quadratic inflationary potential (V(φ) ∝ m^{2}φ^{2}, predicting r ≈ 0.16) at over 99% confidence and reduces the allowed range of the parameter space for models with convex potentials. Starobinskytype models are an example of a wider class of inflationary theories in which is not a coincidence, yet (Roest 2014; Creminelli et al. 2015). These models have concave potentials, and include a variety of stringinspired models with exponential potentials. Models with are, however, still allowed by the data, including a simple linear potential and fractionalpower monomials, as well as regions of parameter space in between where is just a coincidence. Models that have subPlanckian field evolution, so satisfying the Lyth bound (Lyth 1997; GarciaBellido et al. 2014), will typically have r ≲ 2 × 10^{5} for n_{s} ≈ 0.96, and are also consistent with the tensor constraints shown in Fig. 21. For further discussion of the implications of the Planck 2015 data for a wide range of inflationary models see Planck Collaboration XX (2016).
In summary, the Planck limits on r are consistent with the BKP limits from Bmode measurements. Both data sets are consistent with r = 0; however, the combined data sets yield an upper limit to the tensortoscalar ratio of r ≈ 0.09 at the 95% level. The Planck temperature constraints on r are limited by cosmic variance. The only way of improving these limits, or potentially detecting gravitational waves with r ≲ 0.09, is through direct Bmode detection. The Planck 353GHz polarization maps (Planck Collaboration Int. XXX 2016) show that at frequencies of around 150 GHz, Galactic dust emission is an important contaminant at the r ≈ 0.05 level even in the cleanest regions of the sky. BKP demonstrates further that on small regions of the sky covering a few hundred square degrees (typical of ground based Bmode experiments), the Planck 353GHz maps are of limited use as monitors of polarized Galactic dust emission because of their low signaltonoise level. To achieve limits substantially below r ≈ 0.05 will require observations of comparably high sensitivity over a range of frequencies, and with increased sky coverage. The forthcoming measurements from Keck Array and BICEP3 at 95 GHz and the Keck Array receivers at 220 GHz should offer significant improvements on the current constraints. A number of other groundbased and suborbital experiments should also return high precision Bmode data within the next few years (see Abazajian et al. 2015a, for a review).
6.2.2. Scale dependence of primordial fluctuations
In simple singlefield models of inflation, the running of the spectral index is of second order in inflationary slowroll parameters and is typically small,  dn_{s}/ dlnk  ≈ (n_{s}−1)^{2} ≈ 10^{3} (Kosowsky & Turner 1995). Nevertheless, it is possible to construct models that produce a large running over a wavenumber range accessible to CMB experiments, whilst simultaneously achieving enough efolds of inflation to solve the horizon problem. Inflation with an oscillatory potential of sufficiently long period, perhaps related to axion monodromy, is an example (Silverstein & Westphal 2008; Meerburg 2014; Czerny et al. 2014; Minor & Kaplinghat 2015).
As reviewed in PCP13, previous CMB experiments, either on their own or in combination with other astrophysical data, have sometimes given hints of a nonzero running at about the 2σ level (Spergel et al. 2003; Hinshaw et al. 2013; Hou et al. 2014). The results of PCP13 showed a slight preference for negative running at the 1.4σ level, driven almost entirely by the mismatch between the CMB temperature power spectrum at high multipoles and the spectrum at multipoles ℓ ≲ 50.
The 2015 Planck results (Fig. 23) are similar to those in PCP13. Adding running as an additional parameter to base ΛCDM with r = 0, we find There is a slight preference for negative running, which, as in PCP13, is driven by the mismatch between the high and low multipoles in the temperature power spectrum. However, in the 2015 Planck data the tension between high and low multipoles is reduced somewhat, primarily because of changes to the HFI beams at multipoles ℓ ≲ 200 (see Sect. 3.1). A consequence of this reduced tension can be seen in the 2015 constraints on models that include tensor fluctuations in addition to running: PCP13 found an approximately 2σ pull towards negative running for these models. This tension is reduced to about 1σ with the 2015 Planck data, and to lower values when we include the BKP likelihood, which reduces the range of allowed tensor amplitudes.
Fig. 23
Constraints on the running of the scalar spectral index in the ΛCDM model, using Planck TT+lowP (samples, coloured by the spectral index at k = 0.05 Mpc^{1}), and Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP (black contours). The Planck data are consistent with zero running, but also allow for significant negative running, which gives a positive tilt on large scales and hence less power on large scales. 

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In summary, the Planck data are consistent with zero running of the scalar spectral index. However, as illustrated in Fig. 23, the Planck data still allow running at roughly the 10^{2} level, i.e., an order of magnitude higher than expected in simple inflationary models. One way of potentially improving these constraints is to extend the wavenumber range from CMB scales to smaller scales using additional astrophysical data, for example by using measurements of the Lyα flux power spectrum of highredshift quasars (as in the first year WMAP analysis, Spergel et al. 2003). PalanqueDelabrouille et al. (2015) have recently reported an analysis of a large sample of quasar spectra from the SDSSIII/BOSS survey. These authors find a low value of the scalar spectral index n_{s} = 0.928 ± 0.012 (stat.) ± (0.02) (syst.) on scales of k ≈ 1 Mpc^{1}. To extract physical parameters, the Lyα power spectra need to be calibrated against numerical hydrodynamical simulations. The large systematic error in this spectral index determination is dominated by the fidelity of the hydrodynamic simulations and by the splicing used to achieve high resolution over large scales. These uncertainties need to be reduced before addressing the consistency of Lyα results with CMB measurements of the running of the spectral index.
6.2.3. Isocurvature perturbations
A key prediction of singlefield inflation is that the primordial perturbations are adiabatic. More generally, the observed fluctuations will be adiabatic in any model in which the curvature perturbations were the only superhorizon perturbations left by the time that dark matter (and other matter) first decoupled, or was produced by decay. The different matter components then all have perturbations proportional to the curvature perturbation, so there are no isocurvature perturbations. However, it is possible to produce an observable amount of isocurvature modes by having additional degrees of freedom present during inflation and through reheating. For example, the curvaton model can generate correlated adiabatic and isocurvature modes from a second field (Mollerach 1990; Lyth & Wands 2002).
Isocurvature modes describe relative perturbations between the different species (Bucher et al. 2001b), with perhaps the simplest being a perturbation in the baryonic or dark matter sector (relative to the radiation). However, only one total matter isocurvature mode is observable in the linear CMB (in the accurate approximation in which the baryons are pressureless); a compensated mode (between the baryons and the cold dark matter) with δρ_{b} = −δρ_{c} has no net density perturbation, and produces no CMB anisotropies (Gordon & Lewis 2003; Grin et al. 2011; Grin et al. 2014). It is possible to generate isocurvature modes in the neutrino sector; however, this requires interaction of an additional perturbed superhorizon field with neutrinos after they have decoupled, and hence is harder to achieve. Finally, neutrino velocity potential and vorticity modes are other possible consistent perturbations to the photonneutrino fluid after neutrino decoupling. However, they are essentially impossible to excite, since they consist of photon and neutrino fluids coherently moving in opposite directions on superhorizon scales (although the relative velocity would have been zero before neutrino decoupling).
Fig. 24
Constraints on the correlated matter isocurvature mode amplitude parameter α, where α = 0 corresponds to purely adiabatic perturbations. The Planck temperature data slightly favour negative values, since this lowers the largescale anisotropies; however, the polarization signal from an isocurvature mode is distinctive and the Planck polarization data significantly shrink the allowed region around the value α = 0 corresponding to adiabatic perturbations. 

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Fig. 25
Power spectra drawn from the Planck TT+lowP posterior for the correlated matter isocurvature model, colourcoded by the value of the isocurvature amplitude parameter α, compared to the Planck data points. The lefthand figure shows how the negativelycorrelated modes lower the largescale temperature spectrum, slightly improving the fit at low multipoles. Including polarization, the negativelycorrelated modes are disfavoured, as illustrated at the first acoustic peak in EE on the righthand plot. Data points at ℓ< 30 are not shown for polarization, as they are included with both the default temperature (i.e., TT+lowP) and polarization (i.e., TT,TE,EE+lowP) likelihood combinations. 

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Planck Collaboration XXII (2014) presented constraints on a variety of general isocurvature models using the Planck temperature data, finding consistency with adiabaticity, though with some mild preference for isocurvature models that reduce the power at low multipoles to provide a better match to the Planck temperature spectrum at ℓ ≲ 50. For matter isocurvature perturbations, the photons are initially unperturbed but perturbations develop as the Universe becomes more matter dominated. As a result, the phase of the acoustic oscillations differs from adiabatic modes; this is most clearly distinctive with the addition of polarization data (Bucher et al. 2001a).
An extended analysis of isocurvature models is given in Planck Collaboration XX (2016). Here we focus on a simple illustrative case of a totallycorrelated matter isocurvature mode. We define an isocurvature amplitude parameter α, such that^{27}(43)where ζ is the primordial curvature perturbation. Here S_{m} is the total matter isocurvature mode, defined as the observable sum of the baryon and CDM isocurvature modes, i.e., S_{m} = S_{c} + S_{b}(ρ_{b}/ρ_{c}), where (44)All modes are assumed to have a power spectrum with the same spectral index n_{s}, so that α is independent of scale. For positive α this agrees with the definitions in Bean et al. (2006) and Larson et al. (2011) for α_{1}, but also allows for the correlation to have the opposite sign. Approximately, sgn(α) α^{2} ≈ B_{c}, where B_{c} is the CDM version of the amplitude defined as in Amendola et al. (2002). Note that in our conventions, negative values of αlower the SachsWolfe contribution to the largescale TT power spectrum. We caution the reader that this convention differs from some others, e.g., Larson et al. (2011).
Planck constraints on the correlated isocurvature amplitude are shown in Fig. 24, with and without highmultipole polarization. The corresponding marginalized limit from the temperature data is (45)which is significantly tightened around zero when Planck polarization information is included at high multipoles: (46)This strongly limits the isocurvature contribution to be less than about 3% of the adiabatic modes. Figure 25 shows how models with negative correlation parameter, α, fit the temperature data at low multipoles slightly better than models with α = 0; however, these models are disfavoured from the corresponding change in the polarization acoustic peaks.
In this model most of the gain in sensitivity comes from relatively large scales, ℓ ≲ 300, where the correlated isocurvature modes with delayed phase change the first polarization acoustic peak (ℓ ≈ 140) significantly more than in temperature (Bucher et al. 2001a). The polarization data are not entirely robust to systematics on these scales, but in this case the result appears to be quite stable between the different likelihood codes. However, it should be noted that a particularly low point in the TE spectrum at ℓ ≈ 160 (see Fig. 3) pulls in the direction of positive α, and could be giving an artificially strong constraint if this were caused by an unidentified systematic.
6.2.4. Curvature
Fig. 26
Constraints in the Ω_{m}–Ω_{Λ} plane from the Planck TT+lowP data (samples; colourcoded by the value of H_{0}) and Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP (solid contours). The geometric degeneracy between Ω_{m} and Ω_{Λ} is partially broken because of the effect of lensing on the temperature and polarization power spectra. These limits are improved significantly by the inclusion of the Planck lensing reconstruction (blue contours) and BAO (solid red contours). The red contours tightly constrain the geometry of our Universe to be nearly flat. 

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The simplifying assumptions of largescale homogeneity and isotropy lead to the familiar FriedmanLemaîtreRobertsonWalker (FLRW) metric that appears to be an accurate description of our Universe. The base ΛCDM cosmology assumes an FLRW metric with a flat 3space. This is a very restrictive assumption that needs to be tested empirically. In this subsection, we investigate constraints on the parameter Ω_{K}, where for ΛCDM models Ω_{K} ≡ 1−Ω_{m}−Ω_{Λ}. For FLRW models Ω_{K}> 0 corresponds to negativelycurved 3geometries while Ω_{K}< 0 corresponds to positivelycurved 3geometries. Even with perfect data within our past lightcone, our inference of the curvature Ω_{K} is limited by the cosmic variance of curvature perturbations that are still superhorizon at the present, since these cannot be distinguished from background curvature within our observable volume.
The parameter Ω_{K} decreases exponentially with time during inflation, but grows only as a power law during the radiation and matterdominated phases, so the standard inflationary prediction has been that curvature should be unobservably small today. Nevertheless, by finetuning parameters it is possible to devise inflationary models that generate open (e.g., Bucher et al. 1995; Linde 1999) or closed universes (e.g., Linde 2003). Even more speculatively, there has been interest recently in multiverse models, in which topologicallyopen “pocket universes” form by bubble nucleation (e.g., Coleman & De Luccia 1980; Gott 1982) between different vacua of a “string landscape” (e.g., Freivogel et al. 2006; Bousso et al. 2015). Clearly, the detection of a significant deviation from Ω_{K} = 0 would have profound consequences for inflation theory and fundamental physics.
The Planck power spectra give the constraint (47)The wellknown geometric degeneracy (Bond et al. 1997; Zaldarriaga et al. 1997) allows for the smallscale linear CMB spectrum to remain almost unchanged if changes in Ω_{K} are compensated by changes in H_{0} to obtain the same angular diameter distance to last scattering. The Planck constraint is therefore mainly determined by the (wide) priors on H_{0}, and the effect of lensing smoothing on the power spectra. As discussed in Sect. 5.1, the Planck temperature power spectra show a slight preference for more lensing than expected in the base ΛCDM cosmology, and since positive curvature increases the amplitude of the lensing signal, this preference also drives Ω_{K} towards negative values.
Taken at face value, Eq. (47)represents a detection of positive curvature at just over 2σ, largely via the impact of lensing on the power spectra. One might wonder whether this is mainly a parameter volume effect, but that is not the case, since the best fit closed model has Δχ^{2} ≈ 6 relative to base ΛCDM, and the fit is improved over almost all the posterior volume, with the mean improvement being ⟨ Δχ^{2} ⟩ ≈ 5 (very similar to the phenomenological case of ΛCDM+A_{L}). Addition of the Planck polarization spectra shifts Ω_{K} towards zero by ΔΩ_{K} ≈ 0.015: (48)but Ω_{K} remains negative at just over 2σ.
What’s more, the lensing reconstruction from Planck measures the lensing amplitude directly and, as discussed in Sect. 5.1, this does not prefer more lensing than base ΛCDM. The combined constraint shows impressive consistency with a flat universe: (49)The dramatic improvement in the error bar is another illustration of the power of the lensing reconstruction from Planck.
The constraint can be sharpened further by adding external data that break the main geometric degeneracy. Combining the Planck data with BAO, we find (50)This constraint is unchanged at the quoted precision if we add the JLA supernovae data and the H_{0} prior of Eq. (30).
Figure 26 illustrates these results in the Ω_{m}–Ω_{Λ} plane. We adopt Eq. (4850) as our most reliable constraint on spatial curvature. Our Universe appears to be spatially flat to a 1σ accuracy of 0.25%.
6.3. Dark energy
Fig. 27
Samples from the distribution of the dark energy parameters w_{0} and w_{a} using Planck TT+lowP+BAO+JLA data, colourcoded by the value of the Hubble parameter H_{0}. Contours show the corresponding 68% and 95% limits. Dashed grey lines intersect at the point in parameter space corresponding to a cosmological constant. 

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The physical explanation for the observed accelerated expansion of the Universe is currently not known. In standard ΛCDM the acceleration is provided by a cosmological constant, i.e., an additional fluid satisfying an equation of state w ≡ p_{DE}/ρ_{DE} = −1. However, there are many possible alternatives, typically described either in terms of extra degrees of freedom associated with scalar fields or modifications of general relativity on cosmological scales (for reviews see, e.g., Copeland et al. 2006; Tsujikawa 2010). A detailed study of these models and the constraints imposed by Planck and other data are presented in a separate paper, Planck Collaboration XIV (2016).
Here we will limit ourselves to the most basic extensions of ΛCDM, which can be phenomenologically described in terms of the equation of state parameter w alone. Specifically we will use the camb implementation of the “parameterized postFriedmann” (PPF) framework of Hu & Sawicki (2007) and Fang et al. (2008) to test whether there is any evidence that w varies with time. This framework aims to recover the behaviour of canonical (i.e., those with a standard kinetic term) scalar field cosmologies minimally coupled to gravity when w ≥ −1, and accurately approximates them for values w ≈ −1. In these models the speed of sound is equal to the speed of light, so that the clustering of the dark energy inside the horizon is strongly suppressed. The advantage of using the PPF formalism is that it is possible to study the phantom domain, w< −1, including transitions across the “phantom barrier”, w = −1, which is not possible for canonical scalar fields.
The CMB temperature data alone do not tightly constrain w, because of a strong geometrical degeneracy, even for spatiallyflat models. From Planck we find (51)i.e., almost a 2σ shift into the phantom domain. This is partly, but not entirely, a parameter volume effect, with the average effective χ^{2} improving by ⟨ Δχ^{2} ⟩ ≈ 2 compared to base ΛCDM. This is consistent with the preference for a higher lensing amplitude discussed in Sect. 5.1.2, improving the fit in the w< −1 region, where the lensing smoothing amplitude becomes slightly larger. However, the lower limit in Eq. (51)is largely determined by the (arbitrary) prior H_{0}< 100 km s^{1}Mpc^{1}, chosen for the Hubble parameter. Much of the posterior volume in the phantom region is associated with extreme values for cosmological parameters, which are excluded by other astrophysical data. The mild tension with base ΛCDM disappears as we add more data that break the geometrical degeneracy. Adding Planck lensing and BAO, JLA and H_{0} (“ext”) gives the 95% constraints The addition of Planck lensing, or using the full Planck temperature+polarization likelihood together with the BAO, JLA, and H_{0} data does not substantially improve the constraint of Eq. (52a). All of these data set combinations are compatible with the base ΛCDM value of w = −1. In PCP13, we conservatively quoted , based on combining Planck with BAO, as our most reliable limit on w. The errors in Eqs. (52a)−(52c) are substantially smaller, mainly because of the addition of the JLA SNe data, which offer a sensitive probe of the dark energy equation of state at z ≲ 1. In PCP13, the addition of the SNLS SNe data pulled w into the phantom domain at the 2σ level, reflecting the tension between the SNLS sample and the Planck 2013 base ΛCDM parameters. As noted in Sect. 5.3, this discrepancy is no longer present, following improved photometric calibrations of the SNe data in the JLA sample. One consequence of this is the tightening of the errors in Eqs. (52a)−(52c) around the ΛCDM value w = −1 when we combine the JLA sample with Planck.
If w differs from −1, it is likely to change with time. We consider here the case of a Taylor expansion of w at first order in the scale factor, parameterized by (53)More complex models of dynamical dark energy are discussed in Planck Collaboration XIV (2016). Figure 27 shows the 2D marginalized posterior distribution for w_{0} and w_{a} for the combination Planck+BAO+JLA. The JLA SNe data are again crucial in breaking the geometrical degeneracy at low redshift and with these data we find no evidence for a departure from the base ΛCDM cosmology. The points in Fig. 27 show samples from these chains colourcoded by the value of H_{0}. From these MCMC chains, we find H_{0} = (68.2 ± 1.1) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}. Much higher values of H_{0} would favour the phantom regime, w< −1.
As pointed out in Sects. 5.5.2 and 5.6 the CFHTLenS weak lensing data are in tension with the Planck base ΛCDM parameters. Examples of this tension can be seen in investigations of dark energy and modified gravity, since some of these models can modify the growth rate of fluctuations from the base ΛCDM predictions. This tension can be seen even in the simple model of Eq. (53). The green regions in Fig. 28 show 68% and 95% contours in the w_{0}–w_{a} plane for Planck TT+lowP combined with the CFHTLenS H13 data. In this example, we have applied ultraconservative cuts, excluding ξ_{−} entirely and excluding measurements with θ< 17′ in ξ_{+} for all tomographic redshift bins. As discussed in Planck Collaboration XIV (2016), with these cuts the CFHTLenS data are insensitive to modelling the nonlinear evolution of the power spectrum, but this reduction in sensitivity comes at the expense of reducing the statistical power of the weak lensing data. Nevertheless, Fig. 28 shows that the combination of Planck+CFHTLenS pulls the contours into the phantom domain and is discrepant with base ΛCDM at about the 2σ level. The Planck+CFHTLenS data also favour a high value of H_{0}. If we add the (relatively weak) H_{0} prior of Eq. (30), the contours (shown in cyan) in Fig. 28 shift towards w = −1. It therefore seems unlikely that the tension between Planck and CFHTLenS can be resolved by allowing a timevariable equation of state for dark energy.
Fig. 28
Marginalized posterior distributions for (w_{0},w_{a}) for various data combinations. We show Planck TT + lowP in combination with BAO, JLA, H_{0} (“ext”), and two data combinations that add the CFHTLenS data with ultraconservative cuts as described in the text (denoted “WL”). Dashed grey lines show the parameter values corresponding to a cosmological constant. 

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A much more extensive investigation of models of dark energy and also models of modified gravity can be found in Planck Collaboration XIV (2016). The main conclusions of that analysis are:

an investigation of more general timevariations of the equationof state shows a high degree of consistency with w = −1;

a study of several dark energy and modified gravity models either finds compatibility with base ΛCDM, or mild tensions, which are driven mainly by external data sets.
6.4. Neutrino physics and constraints on relativistic components
In the following subsections, we update Planck constraints on the mass of standard (active) neutrinos, additional relativistic degrees of freedom, models with a combination of the two, and models with massive sterile neutrinos. In each subsection we emphasize the Planckonly constraint, and the implications of the Planck result for latetime cosmological parameters measured from other observations. We then give a brief discussion of tensions between Planck and some discordant external data, and assess whether any of these model extensions can help to resolve them. Finally we provide constraints on neutrino interactions.
6.4.1. Constraints on the total mass of active neutrinos
Detection of neutrino oscillations has proved that neutrinos have mass (see, e.g., Lesgourgues & Pastor 2006 and Nakamura & Petcov 2014 for reviews). The Planck base ΛCDM model assumes a normal mass hierarchy with ∑ m_{ν} ≈ 0.06 eV (dominated by the heaviest neutrino mass eigenstate) but there are other possibilities, including a degenerate hierarchy with ∑ m_{ν} ≳ 0.1 eV. At this time there are no compelling theoretical reasons to strongly prefer any of these possibilities, so allowing for larger neutrino masses is perhaps one of the most wellmotivated extensions to base ΛCDM considered in this paper. There has also been significant interest recently in larger neutrino masses as a possible way to lower σ_{8} (the latetime fluctuation amplitude), and thereby reconcile Planck with weak lensing measurements and the abundance of rich clusters (see Sects. 5.5 and 5.6). Though model dependent, neutrino mass constraints from cosmology are already significantly stronger than those from tritium βdecay experiments (see, e.g., Drexlin et al. 2013).
Here we give constraints assuming three species of degenerate massive neutrinos, neglecting the small differences in mass expected from the observed mass splittings. At the level of sensitivity of Planck this is an accurate approximation, but note that it does not quite match continuously on to the base ΛCDM model (which assumes two massless and one massive neutrino with ∑ m_{ν} = 0.06 eV). We assume that the neutrino mass is constant, and that the distribution function is FermiDirac with zero chemical potential.
Masses well below 1 eV have only a mild effect on the shape of the CMB power spectra, since they became nonrelativistic after recombination. The effect on the background cosmology can be compensated by changes in H_{0}, to ensure the same observed acoustic peak scale θ_{∗}. There is, however, some sensitivity of the CMB anisotropies to neutrino masses as the neutrinos start to become less relativistic at recombination (modifying the early ISW effect), and from the latetime effect of lensing on the power spectrum. The Planck power spectrum (95%) constraints are The Planck TT+lowP constraint has a broad tail to high masses, as shown in Fig. 29, which also illustrates the acoustic scale degeneracy with H_{0}. Larger masses imply a lower σ_{8} through the effects of neutrino freestreaming on structure formation, but the larger masses also require a lower Hubble constant, leading to possible tensions with direct measurements of H_{0}. Masses below about 0.4 eV can provide an acceptable fit to the direct H_{0} measurements, and adding the BAO data helps to break the acoustic scale degeneracy and tightens the constraint on ∑ m_{ν} substantially. Adding Planck polarization data at high multipoles produces a relatively small improvement to the Planck TT+lowP+BAO constraint (and the improvement is even smaller with the alternative CamSpec likelihood), so we consider the TT results to be our most reliable constraints.
Fig. 29
Samples from the Planck TT+lowP posterior in the ∑ m_{ν}–H_{0} plane, colourcoded by σ_{8}. Higher ∑ m_{ν} damps the matter fluctuation amplitude σ_{8}, but also decreases H_{0}. The grey bands show the direct measurement, H_{0} = (70.6 ± 3.3) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}, Eq. (30). Solid black contours show the constraint from Planck TT+lowP+lensing (which mildly prefers larger masses), and filled contours show the constraints from Planck TT+lowP+lensing+BAO. 

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The constraint of Eq. (54b)is consistent with the 95% limit of ∑ m_{ν}< 0.23 eV reported in PCP13 for Planck+BAO. The limits are similar because the linear CMB is insensitive to the mass of neutrinos that are relativistic at recombination. There is little to be gained from improved measurement of the CMB temperature power spectra, though improved external data can help to break the geometric degeneracy to higher precision. CMB lensing can also provide additional information at lower redshifts, and future highresolution CMB polarization measurements that accurately reconstruct the lensing potential can probe much smaller masses (see, e.g. Abazajian et al. 2015b).
As discussed in detail in PCP13 and Sect. 5.1, the Planck CMB power spectra prefer somewhat more lensing smoothing than predicted in ΛCDM (allowing the lensing amplitude to vary gives A_{L}> 1 at just over 2σ). The neutrino mass constraint from the power spectra is therefore quite tight, since increasing the neutrino mass lowers the predicted smoothing even further compared to base ΛCDM. On the other hand the lensing reconstruction data, which directly probes the lensing power, prefers lensing amplitudes slightly below (but consistent with) the base ΛCDM prediction (Eq. (18)). The Planck+lensing constraint therefore pulls the constraints slightly away from zero towards higher neutrino masses, as shown in Fig. 30. Although the posterior has less weight at zero, the lensing data are incompatible with very large neutrino masses so the Planck+lensing 95% limit is actually tighter than the Planck TT+lowP result: (55)Adding the polarization spectra improves this constraint slightly to (56)We take the combined constraint that further includes BAO, JLA, and H_{0} (“ext”) as our best limit: (57)This is slightly weaker than the constraint from Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+lensing+BAO (which is tighter in both the CamSpec and Plik likelihoods), but is immune to low level systematics that might affect the constraints from the Planck polarization spectra. Equation (57)is therefore a conservative limit. Marginalizing over the range of neutrino masses, the Planck constraints on the latetime parameters are^{28}(58)For this restricted range of neutrino masses, the impact on the other cosmological parameters is small and, in particular, low values of σ_{8} will remain in tension with the parameter space preferred by Planck.
Fig. 30
Constraints on the sum of the neutrino masses for various data combinations. 

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The constraint of Eq. (57)is weaker than the constraint of Eq. (54b)excluding lensing, but there is no good reason to disregard the Planck lensing information while retaining other astrophysical data. The CMB lensing signal probes verynearly linear scales and passes many consistency checks over the multipole range used in the Planck lensing likelihood (see Sect. 5.1 and Planck Collaboration XV 2016). The situation with galaxy weak lensing is rather different, as discussed in Sect. 5.5.2. In addition to possible observational systematics, the weak lensing data probe lower redshifts than CMB lensing, and smaller spatial scales, where uncertainties in modelling nonlinearities in the matter power spectrum and baryonic feedback become important (HarnoisDéraps et al. 2015).
A larger range of neutrino masses was found by Beutler et al. (2014b) using a combination of RSD, BAO, and weak lensing information. The tension between the RSD results and base ΛCDM was subsequently reduced following the analysis of Samushia et al. (2014), as shown in Fig. 17. Galaxy weak lensing and some cluster constraints remain in tension with base ΛCDM, and we discuss possible neutrino resolutions of these problems in Sect. 6.4.4.
Another way of potentially improving neutrino mass constraints is to use measurements of the Lyα flux power spectrum of highredshift quasars. PalanqueDelabrouille et al. (2015) have recently reported an analysis of a large sample of quasar spectra from the SDSSIII/BOSS survey. When combining their results with 2013 Planck data, these authors find a bound ∑ m_{ν}< 0.15 eV (95% CL), compatible with the results presented in this section.
An exciting future prospect is the possible direct detection of nonrelativistic cosmic neutrinos by capture on tritium, for example with the PTOLEMY experiment (Cocco et al. 2007; Betts et al. 2013; Long et al. 2014). Unfortunately, for the mass range ∑ m_{ν}< 0.23 eV preferred by Planck, detection with the first generation experiment will be extremely difficult.
6.4.2. Constraints on N_{eff}
Fig. 31
Samples from Planck TT+lowP chains in the N_{eff}–H_{0} plane, colourcoded by σ_{8}. The grey bands show the constraint H_{0} = (70.6 ± 3.3) km s^{1}Mpc^{1} of Eq. (30). Notice that higher N_{eff} brings H_{0} into better consistency with direct measurements, but increases σ_{8}. Solid black contours show the constraints from Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO. Models with N_{eff}< 3.046 (left of the solid vertical line) require photon heating after neutrino decoupling or incomplete thermalization. Dashed vertical lines correspond to specific fullythermalized particle models, for example one additional massless boson that decoupled around the same time as the neutrinos (ΔN_{eff} ≈ 0.57), or before muon annihilation (ΔN_{eff} ≈ 0.39), or an additional sterile neutrino that decoupled around the same time as the active neutrinos (ΔN_{eff} ≈ 1). 

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Dark radiation density in the early Universe is usually parameterized by N_{eff}, defined so that the total relativistic energy density in neutrinos and any other dark radiation is given in terms of the photon density ρ_{γ} at T ≪ 1 MeV by (59)The numerical factors in this equation are included so that N_{eff} = 3 for three standard model neutrinos that were thermalized in the early Universe and decoupled well before electronpositron annihilation. The standard cosmological prediction is actually N_{eff} = 3.046, since neutrinos are not completely decoupled at electronpositron annihilation and are subsequently slightly heated (Mangano et al. 2002).
In this section we focus on additional energy density from massless particles. In addition to massless sterile neutrinos, a variety of other particles could contribute to N_{eff}. We assume that the additional massless particles are produced well before recombination, and neither interact nor decay, so that their energy density scales with the expansion exactly like massless neutrinos. An additional ΔN_{eff} = 1 could correspond to a fully thermalized sterile neutrino that decoupled at T ≲ 100 MeV; for example, any sterile neutrino with mixing angles large enough to provide a potential resolution to shortbaseline reactor neutrino oscillation anomalies would most likely thermalize rapidly in the early Universe. However, this solution to the neutrino oscillation anomalies requires approximately 1eV sterile neutrinos, rather than the massless case considered in this section; exploration of the two parameters N_{eff} and ∑ m_{ν} is reported in Sect. 6.4.3. For a review of sterile neutrinos see Abazajian et al. (2012).
More generally the additional radiation does not need to be fully thermalized, for example there are many possible models of nonthermal radiation production via particle decays (see, e.g., Hasenkamp & Kersten 2013; Conlon & Marsh 2013). The radiation could also be produced at temperatures T > 100 MeV, in which case typically ΔN_{eff} < 1 for each additional species, since heating by photon production at muon annihilation (corresponding to T ≈ 100 MeV) decreases the fractional importance of the additional component at the later times relevant for the CMB. For particles produced at T ≫ 100 MeV the density would be diluted even more by numerous phase transitions and particle annihilations, and give ΔN_{eff} ≪ 1. Furthermore, if the particle is not fermionic, the factors entering the entropy conservation equation are different, and even thermalized particles could give specific fractional values of ΔN_{eff}. For example Weinberg (2013) considers the case of a thermalized massless boson, which contributes ΔN_{eff} = 4 / 7 ≈ 0.57 if it decouples in the range 0.5 MeV < T < 100 MeV like the neutrinos, or ΔN_{eff} ≈ 0.39 if it decouples at T > 100 MeV (before the photon production at muon annihilation, hence undergoing fractional dilution).
In this paper we follow the usual phenomenological approach, where one constrains N_{eff} as a free parameter with a wide flat prior, although we comment on a few discrete cases separately below. Values of N_{eff}< 3.046 are less well motivated, since they would require the standard neutrinos to be incompletely thermalized or additional photon production after neutrino decoupling, but we include this range for completeness.
Figure 31 shows that Planck is entirely consistent with the standard value N_{eff} = 3.046. However, a significant density of additional radiation is still allowed, with the (68%) constraints Notice the significantly tighter constraint with the inclusion of Planck highℓ polarization, with ΔN_{eff}< 1 at over 4σ from Planck alone. This constraint is not very stable between likelihoods, with the CamSpec likelihood giving a roughly 0.8σlower value of N_{eff}. However, the strong limit from polarization is also consistent with the joint Planck TT+lowP+BAO result, so Eq. (60b)leads to the robust conclusion that ΔN_{eff}< 1 at over 3σ. The addition of Planck lensing has very little effect on this constraint.
For N_{eff}> 3, the Planck data favour higher values of the Hubble parameter than the Planck base ΛCDM value, which as discussed in Sect. 5.4 may be in better agreement with some direct measurements of H_{0} . This is because Planck accurately measures the acoustic scale r_{∗}/D_{A}; increasing N_{eff} means (via the Friedmann equation) that the early Universe expands faster, so the sound horizon at recombination, r_{∗}, is smaller and hence recombination has to be closer (larger H_{0} and hence smaller D_{A}) for it to subtend the same angular size observed by Planck. However, models with N_{eff} > 3 and a higher Hubble constant also have higher values of the fluctuation amplitude σ_{8}, as shown by the coloured samples in Fig. 31. As a result, these models increase the tensions between the CMB measurements and astrophysical measurements of σ_{8} discussed in Sect. 5.6. It therefore seems unlikely that additional radiation alone can help to resolve tensions with largescale structure data.
The energy density in the early Universe can also be probed by the predictions of BBN. In particular ΔN_{eff} > 0 increases the primordial expansion rate, leading to earlier freezeout, with a higher neutron density and hence a greater abundance of helium and deuterium after BBN has completed. A detailed discussion of the implications of Planck for BBN is given in Sect. 6.5. Observations of both the primordial helium and deuterium abundance are compatible with the predictions of standard BBN for the Planck base ΛCDM value of the baryon density. The Planck+BBN constraints on N_{eff} (Eqs. (75) and (76)) are compatible, and slightly tighter than Eq. (60b).
Although there is a large continuous range of plausible N_{eff} values, it is worth mentioning briefly a few of the discrete values from fully thermalized models. This serves as an indication of how strongly Planck prefers base ΛCDM, and also how the inferred values of other cosmological parameters might be affected by this particular extension to base ΛCDM. As discussed above, one fully thermalized neutrino (ΔN_{eff} ≈ 1) is ruled out at over 3σ, and is disfavoured by Δχ^{2} ≈ 8 compared to base ΛCDM by Planck TT+lowP, and much more strongly in combination with Planck highℓ polarization or BAO data. The thermalized boson models that give ΔN_{eff} = 0.39 or ΔN_{eff} = 0.57 are disfavoured by Δχ^{2} ≈ 1.5 and Δχ^{2} ≈ 3, respectively, and are therefore not strongly excluded. We focus on the former, since it is also consistent with the Planck TT+lowP+BAO constraint at 2σ. As shown in Fig. 31, larger N_{eff} corresponds to a region of parameter space with significantly higher Hubble parameter, (61)This can be compared to the direct measurements of H_{0} discussed in Sect. 5.4. Evidently, Eq. (61)is consistent with the H_{0} prior adopted in this paper (Eq. (30)), but this example shows that an accurate direct measurement of H_{0} can potentially provide evidence for new physics beyond that probed by Planck. As shown in Fig. 31, the ΔN_{eff} = 0.39 cosmology also has a significantly higher smallscale fluctuation amplitude and the spectral index n_{s} is also bluer, with (62)The σ_{8} range in this model is higher than preferred by the Planck lensing likelihood in base ΛCDM. However, the fit to the Planck lensing likelihood is model dependent and the lensing degeneracy direction also associates high H_{0} and low Ω_{m} values with higher σ_{8}. The joint Planck TT+lowP+lensing constraint does pull σ_{8} down slightly to σ_{8} = 0.84 ± 0.01 and provides an acceptable fit to the Planck data. For Planck TT+lowP+lensing, the difference in χ^{2} between the best fit base ΛCDM model and the extension with ΔN_{eff} = 0.39 is only . The higher spectral index with ΔN_{eff} = 0.39 gives a decrease in largescale power, fitting the low ℓ< 30PlanckTT spectrum better by Δχ^{2} ≈ 1, but at the same time the highℓ data prefer ΔN_{eff} ≈ 0. Correlations with other cosmological parameters can be seen in Fig. 20. Clearly, a very effective way of testing these models would be to obtain reliable, accurate, astrophysical measurements of H_{0} and σ_{8}.
In summary, models with ΔN_{eff} = 1 are disfavoured by Planck combined with BAO data at about the 3σ level. Models with fractional changes of ΔN_{eff} ≈ 0.39 are mildly disfavoured by Planck, but require higher H_{0} and σ_{8} compared to base ΛCDM.
6.4.3. Simultaneous constraints on N_{eff} and neutrino mass
Fig. 32
Samples from Planck TT+lowP in the N_{eff}– plane, colourcoded by σ_{8}, for models with one massive sterile neutrino family, with effective mass , and the three active neutrinos as in the base ΛCDM model. The physical mass of the sterile neutrino in the thermal scenario, , is constant along the grey dashed lines, with the indicated mass in eV; the grey shading shows the region excluded by our prior , which cuts out most of the area where the neutrinos behave nearly like dark matter. The physical mass in the DodelsonWidrow scenario, , is constant along the dotted lines (with the value indicated on the adjacent dashed lines). 

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As discussed in the previous sections, neither a higher neutrino mass nor additional radiation density alone can resolve all of the tensions between Planck and other astrophysical data. However, the presence of additional massive particles, such as massive sterile neutrinos, could potentially improve the situation by introducing enough freedom to allow higher values of the Hubble constant and lower values of σ_{8}. As mentioned in Sect. 6.4.2, massive sterile neutrinos offer a possible solution to reactor neutrino oscillation anomalies (Kopp et al. 2013; Giunti et al. 2013) and this has led to significant recent interest in this class of models (Hamann & Hasenkamp 2013; Wyman et al. 2014; Battye & Moss 2014; Leistedt et al. 2014; Bergström et al. 2014; MacCrann et al. 2015). Alternatively, active neutrinos could have significant degenerate masses above the minimal baseline value together with additional massless particles contributing to N_{eff}. Many more complicated scenarios could also be envisaged.
Fig. 33
68% and 95% constraints from Planck TT+lowP (green), Planck TT+lowP+lensing (grey), and Planck TT+lowP+lensing+BAO (red) on the lateUniverse parameters H_{0}, σ_{8}, and Ω_{m} in various neutrino extensions of the base ΛCDM model. The blue contours show the base ΛCDM constraints from Planck TT+lowP+lensing+BAO. The dashed cyan contours show joint constraints from the H13 CFHTLenS galaxy weak lensing likelihood (with angular cuts as in Fig. 18) at constant CMB acoustic scale θ_{MC} (fixed to the Planck TT+lowP ΛCDM best fit) combined with BAO and the Hubble constant measurement of Eq. (30). These additional constraints break large parameter degeneracies in the weak lensing likelihood that would otherwise obscure the comparison with the Planck contours. Here priors on other parameters applied to the CFHTLenS analysis are as described in Sect. 5.5.2. 

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In the case of massless radiation density, the cosmological predictions are independent of the actual form of the distribution function, since all particles travel at the speed of light. However, for massive particles the results are more model dependent. To formulate a welldefined model, we follow PCP13 and consider the case of one massive sterile neutrino parameterized by , in addition to the two approximately massless and one massive neutrino of the baseline model. For thermallydistributed sterile neutrinos, is related to the true mass via (63)and for the cosmologicallyequivalent DodelsonWidrow (DW) case (Dodelson & Widrow 1994) the relation is given by (64)with ΔN_{eff} = χ_{s}. We impose a prior on the physical thermal mass, , when generating parameter chains, to exclude regions of parameter space in which the particles are so massive that their effect on the CMB spectra is identical to that of cold dark matter. Although we consider only the specific case of one massive sterile neutrino with a thermal (or DW) distribution, our constraints will be reasonably accurate for other models, for example eVmass particles produced as nonthermal decay products (Hasenkamp 2014).
Figure 32 shows that although Planck is perfectly consistent with no massive sterile neutrinos, a significant region of parameter space with fractional ΔN_{eff} is allowed, where σ_{8} is lower than in the base ΛCDM model. This is also the case for massless sterile neutrinos combined with massive active neutrinos. In the single massive sterile model, the combined constraints are (65)The upper tail of is largely associated with high physical masses near to the prior cutoff; if instead we restrict to the region where the constraint is (66)Massive sterile neutrinos with mixing angles large enough to help resolve the reactor anomalies would typically imply full thermalization in the early Universe, and hence give ΔN_{eff} = 1 for each additional species. Such a high value of N_{eff}, especially combined with m_{sterile} ≈ 1 eV, as required by reactor anomaly solutions, were virtually ruled out by previous cosmological data (Mirizzi et al. 2013; Archidiacono et al. 2013a; Gariazzo et al. 2013). This conclusion is strengthened by the analysis presented here, since N_{eff} = 4 is excluded at greater than 99% confidence. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a consistent resolution to the reactor anomalies, unless thermalization of the massive neutrinos can be suppressed, for example, by large lepton asymmetry, new interactions, or particle decay (see Gariazzo et al. 2014; Bergström et al. 2014, and references therein).
We have also considered the case of additional radiation and degenerate massive active neutrinos, with the combined constraint (67)Again Planck shows no evidence for a deviation from the base ΛCDM model.
6.4.4. Neutrino models and tension with external data
The extended models discussed in this section allow Planck to be consistent with a wider range of lateUniverse parameters than in base ΛCDM. Figure 33 summarizes the constraints on Ω_{m}, σ_{8}, and H_{0} for the various models that we have considered. The inferred Hubble parameter can increase or decrease, as required to maintain the observed acoustic scale, depending on the relative contribution of additional radiation (changing the sound horizon) and neutrino mass (changing mainly the angular diameter distance). However, all of the models follow similar degeneracy directions in the Ω_{m}–σ_{8} and H_{0}–σ_{8} planes, so these models remain predictive: large common areas of the parameter space are excluded in all of these models. The twoparameter extensions are required to fit substantially lower values of σ_{8} without also decreasing H_{0} below the values determined from direct measurements, but the scope for doing this is clearly limited.
External data sets need to be reanalysed consistently in extended models, since the extensions change the growth of structure, angular distances, and the matterradiation equality scale. For example, the dashed lines in Fig. 33 show how different models affect the CFHTLenS galaxy weak lensing constraints from Heymans et al. (2013) (see Sect. 5.5.2), when restricted to the region of parameter space consistent with the Planck acoustic scale measurements and the local Hubble parameter. The filled green, grey, and red contours in Fig. 33 show the CMB constraints on these models for various data combinations. The tightest of these constraints comes from the Planck TT+lowP+lensing+BAO combination. The blue contours show the constraints in the base ΛCDM cosmology. The red contours are broader than the blue contours and there is greater overlap with the CFHTLenS contours, but this offers only a marginal improvement compared to base ΛCDM (compare with Fig. 18; see also the discussions in Leistedt et al. 2014 and Battye et al. 2015). For each of these models, the CFHTLenS results prefer lower values of σ_{8}. Allowing for a higher neutrino mass lowers σ_{8} from Planck, but does not help alleviate the discrepancy with the CFHTLenS data, since the Planck data prefer a lower value of H_{0}. A joint analysis of the CFHTLenS likelihood with Planck TT+lowP shows a Δχ^{2}< 1 preference for the extended neutrino models compared to base ΛCDM, and the fits to Planck TT+lowP are worse in all cases. In base ΛCDM the CFHTLenS data prefer a region of parameter space Δχ^{2} ≈ 4 away from the Planck TT+lowP+CFHTLenS joint fit, indicative of the tension between the data sets. This is only slightly relieved to Δχ^{2} ≈ 3 in the extended models.
In summary, modifications to the neutrino sector alone cannot easily explain the discrepancies between Planck and other astrophysical data described in Sect. 5.5, including the inference of a low value of σ_{8} from rich cluster counts.
6.4.5. Testing perturbations in the neutrino background
As shown in the previous sections, the Planck data provide evidence for a cosmic neutrino background at a very high significance level. Neutrinos affect the CMB anisotropies at the background level, by changing the expansion rate before recombination and hence relevant quantities such as the sound horizon and the damping scales. Neutrinos also affect the CMB anisotropies via their perturbations. Perturbations in the neutrino background are coupled through gravity to the perturbations in the photon background, and can be described (for massless neutrinos) by the following set of equations (Hu 1998; Hu et al. 1999; Trotta & Melchiorri 2005; Archidiacono et al. 2011): Here dots denote derivatives with respect to conformal time, δ_{ν} is the neutrino density contrast, q_{ν} is the neutrino velocity perturbation, π_{ν} the anisotropic stress, F_{ν,ℓ} are higherorder moments of the neutrino distribution function, and h and η are the scalar metric perturbations in the synchronous gauge. In these equations, is the neutrino sound speed in its own reference frame and parameterizes the anisotropic stress. For standard noninteracting massless neutrinos . Any deviation from the expected values could provide a hint of nonstandard physics in the neutrino sector.
A greater (lower) neutrino sound speed would increase (decrease) the neutrino pressure, leading to a lower (higher) perturbation amplitude. On the other hand, changing alters the viscosity of the neutrino fluid. For , the neutrinos act as a perfect fluid, supporting undamped acoustic oscillations.
Fig. 34
1D posterior distributions for the neutrino perturbation parameters (top) and (bottom). Dashed vertical lines indicate the conventional values . 

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Several previous studies have used this approach to constrain and using cosmological data (see, e.g., Trotta & Melchiorri 2005; Smith et al. 2012; Archidiacono et al. 2013b; Gerbino et al. 2013; Audren et al. 2015), with the motivation that deviations from the expected values could be a hint of nonstandard physics in the neutrino sector. Nonstandard interactions could involve, for example, neutrino coupling with light scalar particles (Hannestad 2005; Beacom et al. 2004; Bell 2005; Sawyer 2006). If neutrinos are strongly coupled at recombination, this would result in a lower value for than in the standard model. Alternatively, the presence of early dark energy that mimics a relativistic component at recombination could possibly lead to a value for that differs from 1 / 3 (see, e.g., Calabrese et al. 2011).
In this analysis, for simplicity, we assume N_{eff} = 3.046 and massless neutrinos. By using an equivalent parameterization for massive neutrinos (Audren et al. 2015) we have checked that assuming one massive neutrino with Σm_{ν} ≈ 0.06 eV, as in the base model used throughout this paper, has no impact on the constraints on and reported in this section^{29}. We adopt a flat prior between zero and unity for both and .
The top and bottom panels of Fig. 34 show the posterior distributions of and from Planck TT+lowP, Planck TT+lowP+BAO, Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP, and Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO. The mean values and 68% errors on and are (69a)(69b)(69c)(69d)Constraints on these parameters are consistent with the conventional values . A vanishing value of , which might imply a strong interaction between neutrinos and other species, is excluded at more than the 95% level arising from the Planck temperature data. This conclusion is greatly strengthened (to about 9σ) when Planck polarization data are included. As discussed in Bashinsky & Seljak (2004), neutrino anisotropic stresses introduce a phase shift in the CMB angular power spectra, which is more visible in polarization than temperature because of the sharper acoustic peaks. This explains why we see such a dramatic reduction in the error on when including polarization data.
The precision of our results is consistent with the forecasts discussed in Smith et al. (2012), and we find strong evidence, purely from CMB observations, for neutrino anisotropies with the standard values and .
6.5. Primordial nucleosynthesis
6.5.1. Details of analysis approach
Standard big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) predicts light element abundances as a function of parameters relevant to the CMB, such as the baryontophoton density ratio η_{b} ≡ n_{b}/n_{γ}, the radiation density parameterized by N_{eff}, and the chemical potential of the electron neutrinos. In PCP13, we presented consistency checks between the Planck 2013 results, light element abundance data, and standard BBN. The goal of Sect. 6.5.2 below is to update these results and to provide improved tests of the standard BBN model. In Sect. 6.5.3 we show how Planck data can be used to constrain nuclear reaction rates, and in Sect. 6.5.4 we will present the most stringent CMB bounds to date on the primordial helium fraction.
For simplicity, our analysis assumes a negligible leptonic asymmetry in the electron neutrino sector. For a fixed photon temperature today (which we take to be T_{0} = 2.7255 K), η_{b} can be related to ω_{b} ≡ Ω_{b}h^{2}, up to a small (and negligible) uncertainty associated with the primordial helium fraction. Standard BBN then predicts the abundance of each light element as a function of only two parameters, ω_{b} and ΔN_{eff} ≡ N_{eff}−3.046, with a theoretical error coming mainly from uncertainties in the neutron lifetime and a few nuclear reaction rates.
We will confine our discussion to BBN predictions for the primordial abundances^{30} of ^{4}He and deuterium, expressed, respectively as and y_{DP} = 10^{5}n_{D}/n_{H}. We will not discuss other light elements, such as tritium and lithium, because the observed abundance measurements and their interpretation is more controversial (see Fields et al. 2014, for a recent review). As in PCP13, the BBN predictions for ) and y_{DP}(ω_{b},ΔN_{eff}) are given by Taylor expansions obtained with the PArthENoPE code (Pisanti et al. 2008), similar to the ones presented in Iocco et al. (2009), but updated by the PArthENoPE team with the latest observational data on nuclear rates and on the neutron lifetime: By averaging over several measurements, the Particle Data Group 2014 (Olive et al. 2014) estimates the neutron lifetime to be τ_{n} = (880.3 ± 1.1) s at 68% CL^{31}. The expansions in Eqs. (70) and (71) are based on this central value, and we assume that Eq. (70)predicts the correct helium fraction up to a standard error , obtained by propagating the error on τ_{n}.
Fig. 35
Predictions of standard BBN for the primordial abundance of ^{4}He (top) and deuterium (bottom), as a function of the baryon density ω_{b}. The width of the green stripes corresponds to 68% uncertainties on nuclear reaction rates and on the neutron lifetime. The horizontal bands show observational bounds on primordial element abundances compiled by various authors, and the red vertical band shows the Planck TT+lowP+BAO bounds on ω_{b} (all with 68% errors). The BBN predictions and CMB results shown here assume N_{eff} = 3.046 and no significant lepton asymmetry. 

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The uncertainty on the deuterium fraction is dominated by that on the rate of the reaction d(p,γ)^{3}He. For that rate, in PCP13 we relied on the result of Serpico et al. (2004), obtained by fitting several experiments. The expansions of Eqs. (70) and (71) now adopt the latest experimental determination by Adelberger et al. (2011) and use the bestfit expression in their Eq. (29). We also rely on the uncertainty quoted in Adelberger et al. (2011) and propagate it to the deuterium fraction. This gives a standard error σ(y_{DP}) = 0.06, which is more conservative than the error adopted in PCP13.
6.5.2. Primordial abundances from Planck data and standard BBN
We first investigate the consistency of standard BBN and the CMB by fixing the radiation density to its standard value, i.e., N_{eff} = 3.046, based on the assumption of standard neutrino decoupling and no extra light relics. We can then use Planck data to measure ω_{b}, assuming base ΛCDM, and test for consistency with experimental abundance measurements. The 95% CL bounds obtained for the base ΛCDM model for various data combinations are (72)corresponding to a predicted primordial ^{4}He number density fraction (95% CL) of (73)and deuterium fraction (95% CL) (74)The first set of error bars (in parentheses) in Eqs. (73)and (74)reflect only the uncertainty on ω_{b}. The second set includes the theoretical uncertainty on the BBN predictions, added in quadrature to the errors from ω_{b}. The total errors in the predicted helium abundances are dominated by the BBN uncertainty, as in PCP13. For deuterium, the Planck 2015 results improve the determination of ω_{b} to the point where the theoretical errors are comparable or larger than the errors from the CMB. In other words, for base ΛCDM the predicted abundances cannot be improved substantially by further measurements of the CMB. This also means that Planck results can, in principle, be used to investigate nuclear reaction rates that dominate the theoretical uncertainty (see Sect. 6.5.3).
The results of Eqs. (73)and (74)are well within the ranges indicated by the latest measurements of primordial abundances, as illustrated in Fig. 35. The helium data compilation of Aver et al. (2013) gives (68% CL), and the Planck prediction is near the middle of this range^{32}. As summarized by Aver et al. (2013) and Peimbert (2008), helium abundance measurements derived from emission lines in lowmetallicity H ii regions are notoriously difficult and prone to systematic errors. As a result, many discrepant helium abundance measurements can be found in the literature. Izotov et al. (2014) have reported , which is discrepant with the base ΛCDM predictions by 3.4σ. Such a high helium fraction could be accommodated by increasing N_{eff} (see Fig. 36 and Sect. 6.5.4); however, at present it is not clear whether the error quoted by Izotov et al. (2014) accurately reflects systematic uncertainties, including in particular the error in extrapolating to zero metallicity.
Historically, deuterium abundance measurements have shown excess scatter over that expected from statistical errors, indicating the presence of systematic uncertainties in the observations. Figure 35 shows the data compilation of Iocco et al. (2009), y_{DP} = 2.87 ± 0.22 (68% CL), which includes measurements based on damped Lyα and Lyman limit systems. We also show the more recent results by Cooke et al. (2014; see also Pettini & Cooke 2012) based on their observations of lowmetallicity damped Lyα absorption systems in two quasars (SDSS J1358+6522, z_{abs} = 3.06726 and SDSS J1419+0829, z_{abs} = 3.04973) and a reanalysis of archival spectra of damped Lyα systems in three further quasars that satisfy strict selection criteria. The Cooke et al. (2014) analysis gives y_{DP} = 2.53 ± 0.04 (68% CL), somewhat lower than the central Iocco et al. (2009) value, and with a much smaller error. The Cooke et al. (2014) value is almost certainly the more reliable measurement, as evidenced by the consistency of the deuterium abundances of the five systems in their analysis. The Planck base ΛCDM predictions of Eq. (74)lie within 1σ of the Cooke et al. (2014) result. This is a remarkable success for the standard theory of BBN.
It is worth noting that the Planck data are so accurate that ω_{b} is insensitive to the underlying cosmological model. In our grid of extensions to base ΛCDM the largest degradation of the error in ω_{b} is in models that allow N_{eff} to vary. In these models, the mean value of ω_{b} is almost identical to that for base ΛCDM, but the error on ω_{b} increases by about 30%. The value of ω_{b} is stable to even more radical changes to the cosmology, for example, adding general isocurvature modes (Planck Collaboration XX 2016).
If we relax the assumption that N_{eff} = 3.046 (but adhere to the hypothesis that electron neutrinos have a standard distribution, with a negligible chemical potential), BBN predictions depend on both parameters (ω_{b} and N_{eff}). Following the same methodology as in Sect. 6.4.4 of PCP13, we can identify the region of the ω_{b}–N_{eff} parameter space that is compatible with direct measurements of the primordial helium and deuterium abundances, including the BBN theoretical errors. This is illustrated in Fig. 36 for the N_{eff} extension to base ΛCDM. The region preferred by CMB observations lies at the intersection between the helium and deuterium abundance 68% CL preferred regions and is compatible with the standard value of N_{eff} = 3.046. This confirms the beautiful agreement between CMB and BBN physics. Figure 36 also shows that the Planck polarization data help in reducing the degeneracy between ω_{b} and N_{eff}.
Fig. 36
Constraints in the ω_{b}–N_{eff} plane from Planck and Planck+BAO data (68% and 95% contours) compared to the predictions of BBN, given primordial element abundance measurements. We show the 68% and 95% confidence regions derived from ^{4}He bounds compiled by Aver et al. (2013) and from deuterium bounds compiled by Cooke et al. (2014). In the CMB analysis, N_{eff} is allowed to vary as an additional parameter to base ΛCDM, with Y_{P} fixed as a function of ω_{b} and N_{eff}, according to BBN predictions. These constraints assume no significant lepton asymmetry. 

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We can actually make a more precise statement by combining the posterior distribution on ω_{b} and N_{eff}) obtained for Planck with that inferred from helium and deuterium abundance, including observational and theoretical errors. This provides joint CMB+BBN predictions on these parameters. After marginalizing over ω_{b}, the 95% CL preferred ranges for N_{eff} are (75)when combining Planck with the helium abundance estimated by Aver et al. (2013), or (76)when combining with the deuterium abundance measured by Cooke et al. (2014). These bounds represent the best currentlyavailable estimates of N_{eff} and are remarkably consistent with the standard model prediction.
The allowed region in ω_{b}–N_{eff} space does not increase significantly when other parameters are allowed to vary at the same time. From our grid of extended models, we have checked that this conclusion holds in models with neutrino masses, tensor fluctuations, or running of the scalar spectral index, for example.
6.5.3. Constraints from Planck and deuterium observations on nuclear reaction rates
We have seen that primordial element abundances estimated from direct observations are consistent with those inferred from Planck data under the assumption of standard BBN. However, the Planck determination of ω_{b} is so precise that the theoretical errors in the BBN predictions are now a dominant source of uncertainty. As noted by Cooke et al. (2014), one can begin to think about using CMB measurements together with accurate deuterium abundance measurements to learn about the underlying BBN physics.
While for helium the theoretical error comes mainly from the uncertainties in the neutron lifetime, for deuterium it is dominated by uncertainties in the radiative capture process d(p,γ)^{3}He, converting deuterium into helium. The present experimental uncertainty for the Sfactor at low energy (relevant for BBN), is in the range 6−10% (Ma et al. 1997). However, as noted by several authors (see, e.g., Nollett & Holder 2011; Di Valentino et al. 2014) the bestfit value of S(E) inferred from experimental data in the range 30 keV ≤ E ≤ 300 keV is about 5−10% lower than theoretical expectations (Viviani et al. 2000; Marcucci et al. 2005). The PArthENoPE BBN code assumes the lower experimental value for d(p,γ)^{3}He, and this might explain why the deuterium abundance determined by Cooke et al. (2014) is slightly lower than the value inferred by Planck.
To investigate this further, following the methodology of Di Valentino et al. (2014), we perform a combined analysis of Planck and deuterium observations, to constrain the value of the d(p,γ)^{3}He reaction rate. As in Di Valentino et al. (2014), we parameterize the thermal rate R_{2}(T) of the d(p,γ)^{3}He process in the PArthENoPE code by introducing a rescaling factor A_{2} of the experimental rate , i.e., , and solve for A_{2} using various Planck+BAO data combinations, given the Cooke et al. (2014) deuterium abundance measurements.
Assuming the base ΛCDM model we find (68% CL) The posteriors for A_{2} are shown in Fig. 37. These results suggest that the d(p,γ)^{3}He reaction rate may be have been underestimated by about 10%. Evidently, tests of the standard BBN picture appear to have reached the point where they are limited by uncertainties in nuclear reaction rates. There is therefore a strong case to improve the precision of experimental measurements (e.g., Anders et al. 2014) and theoretical computations of key nuclear reaction rates relevant for BBN.
Fig. 37
Posteriors for the A_{2} reaction rate parameter for various data combinations. The vertical dashed line shows the value A_{2} = 1 that corresponds to the current experimental estimate of the d(p,γ)^{3}He rate used in the PArthENoPE BBN code. 

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6.5.4. Modelindependent bounds on the helium fraction from Planck
Instead of inferring the primordial helium abundance from BBN codes using (ω_{b},N_{eff}) constraints from Planck, we can measure it directly, since variations in modify the density of free electrons between helium and hydrogen recombination and therefore affect the damping tail of the CMB anisotropies.
If we allow to vary as an additional parameter to base ΛCDM, we find the following constraints (at 95% CL): (78)Joint constraints on and ω_{b} are shown in Fig. 38. The addition of Planck polarization measurements results in a substantial reduction in the uncertainty on the helium fraction. In fact, the standard deviation on in the case of Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP is only 30% larger than the observational error quoted by Aver et al. (2013). As emphasized throughout this paper, the systematic effects in the Planck polarization spectra, although at low levels, have not been accurately characterized at this time. Readers should therefore treat the polarization constraints with some caution. Nevertheless, as shown in Fig. 38, all three data combinations agree well with the observed helium abundance measurements and with the predictions of standard BBN.
Fig. 38
Constraints in the ω_{b}– plane from Planck and Planck+BAO, compared to helium abundance measurements. Here 68% and 95% contours are plotted for the CMB(+BAO) data combinations when is allowed to vary as an additional parameter to base ΛCDM. The horizontal band shows observational bounds on ^{4}He compiled by Aver et al. (2013) with 68% and 95% errors, while the dashed line at the top of the figure delineates the conservative 95% upper bound inferred from the Solar helium abundance by Serenelli & Basu (2010). The green stripe shows the predictions of standard BBN for the primordial abundance of ^{4}He as a function of the baryon density. Both BBN predictions and CMB results assume N_{eff} = 3.046 and no significant lepton asymmetry. 

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There is a wellknown parameter degeneracy between Y_{P} and the radiation density (see the discussion in PCP13). Helium abundance predictions from the CMB are therefore particularly sensitive to the addition of the parameter N_{eff} to base ΛCDM. Allowing both and N_{eff} to vary we find the following constraints (at 95% CL): (79)Contours in the –N_{eff} plane are shown in Fig. 39. Here again, the impact of Planck polarization data is important, and helps to substantially reduce the degeneracy between these two parameters. The Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP contours are in very good agreement with standard BBN and N_{eff} = 3.046. However, even if we relax the assumption of standard BBN, the CMB does not allow high values of N_{eff}. It is therefore difficult to accommodate an extra thermalized relativistic species, even if the standard BBN prior on the helium fraction is relaxed.
Fig. 39
As in Fig. 38, but now allowing and N_{eff} to vary as parameter extensions to base ΛCDM. 

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6.6. Dark matter annihilation
Energy injection from dark matter (DM) annihilation can alter the recombination history, leading to changes in the temperature and polarization power spectra of the CMB (e.g., Chen & Kamionkowski 2004; Padmanabhan & Finkbeiner 2005). As demonstrated in several papers (e.g., Galli et al. 2009a; Slatyer et al. 2009; Finkbeiner et al. 2012), CMB anisotropies offer an opportunity to constrain the nature of DM. Furthermore, CMB experiments such as Planck can achieve limits on the annihilation crosssection that are relevant for the interpretation of the rise in the cosmicray positron fraction at energies ≳10 GeV observed by PAMELA, Fermi, and AMS (Adriani et al. 2009; Ackermann et al. 2012; Aguilar et al. 2014). The CMB constraints are complementary to those determined from other astrophysical probes, such as the γray observations of dwarf galaxies by the Fermi satellite (Ackermann et al. 2014).
The way in which DM annihilations heat and ionize the gaseous background depends on the nature of the cascade of particles produced following annihilation and, in particular, on the production of e^{±} pairs and photons that couple to the gas. The fraction of the rest mass energy that is injected into the gas can be modelled by an “efficiency factor”, f(z), which is typically in the range 0.01−1 and depends on redshift^{33}. Computations of f(z) for various annihilation channels can be found in Slatyer et al. (2009), Hütsi et al. (2009), and Evoli et al. (2013). The rate of energy release per unit volume by annihilating DM can therefore be written as (80)where p_{ann} is defined as (81)Here ρ_{crit} the critical density of the Universe today, m_{χ} is the mass of the DM particle, and ⟨ σν ⟩ is the thermallyaveraged annihilation crosssection times the velocity (explicitly the socalled Möller velocity); we will refer to this quantity loosely as the “crosssection” hereafter. In Eq. (80), g is a degeneracy factor that is equal to 1 / 2 for Majorana particles and 1 / 4 for Dirac particles. In this paper, the constraints will refer to Majorana particles. Note that to produce the observed dark matter density from thermal DM relics requires an annihilation crosssection of ⟨ σν ⟩ ≈ 3 × 10^{26} cm^{3} s^{1} (assuming swave annihilation) at the time of freezeout (see, e.g., the review by Profumo 2013).
Both the amplitude and redshift dependence of the efficiency factor f(z) depend on the details of the annihilation process (e.g., Slatyer et al. 2009). The functional shape of f(z) can be taken into account using generalized parameterizations or principal components (Finkbeiner et al. 2012; Hutsi et al. 2011), similar to the analysis of the recombination history presented in Sect. 6.7.4. However, as shown in Galli et al. (2011), Giesen et al. (2012), and Finkbeiner et al. (2012), to a first approximation the redshift dependence of f(z) can be ignored, since current CMB data (including Planck) are sensitive to energy injection over a relatively narrow range of redshift, typically z ≈ 1000−600. The effects of DM annihilation can therefore be reasonably well parameterized by a single constant parameter, p_{ann} (with f(z) set to a constant f_{eff}), which encodes the dependence on the properties of the DM particles. In the following, we calculate constraints on the p_{ann} parameter, assuming that it is constant, and then project these constraints on to a particular dark matter model assuming f_{eff} ≡ f(z = 600), since the effect of dark matter annihilation peaks at z ≈ 600 (see Finkbeiner et al. 2012). The f(z) functions used here are those calculated in Slatyer et al. (2009), with the updates described in Galli et al. (2013) and Madhavacheril et al. (2014). Finally, we estimate the fractions of injected energy that affect the gaseous background, from heating, ionizations, or Lyα excitations, using the updated calculations described in Galli et al. (2013) and Valdes et al. (2010), following Shull & van Steenberg (1985).
We compute the theoretical angular power spectrum in the presence of DM annihilations by modifying the recfast routine (Seager et al. 1999) in the camb code as in Galli et al. (2011)^{34}. We then add p_{ann} as an additional parameter to those of the base ΛCDM cosmology. Table 6 shows the constraints for various data combinations.
Constraints on p_{ann} in units of cm^{3} s^{1} GeV^{1}.
Fig. 40
2D marginal distributions in the p_{ann}–n_{s} plane for Planck TT+lowP (red), Planck EE+lowP (yellow), Planck TE+lowP (green), and Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP (blue) data combinations. We also show the constraints obtained using WMAP9 data (light blue). 

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The constraints on p_{ann} from the Planck TT+lowP spectra are about 3 times weaker than the 95% limit of p_{ann}< 2.1 × 10^{27} cm^{3} s^{1} GeV^{1} derived from WMAP9, which includes WMAP polarization data at low multipoles. On the other hand, the PlanckTE or EE spectra improve the constraints on p_{ann} by about an order of magnitude compared to those from PlanckTT alone. This is because the main effect of dark matter annihilation is to increase the width of last scattering, leading to a suppression of the amplitude of the peaks, both in temperature and polarization. As a result, the effects of DM annihilation on the power spectra at high multipole are degenerate with other parameters of base ΛCDM, such as n_{s} and A_{s} (Chen & Kamionkowski 2004; Padmanabhan & Finkbeiner 2005). At large angular scales (ℓ ≲ 200), however, dark matter annihilation can produce an enhancement in polarization, caused by the increased ionization fraction in the freezeout tail following recombination. As a result, largeangle polarization information is crucial for breaking the degeneracies between parameters, as illustrated in Fig. 40. The strongest constraints on p_{ann} therefore come from the full Planck temperature and polarization likelihood and there is little improvement if other astrophysical data, or Planck lensing, are added^{35}.
We verified the robustness of the Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP constraint by also allowing other parameter extensions of base ΛCDM (N_{eff}, dn_{s}/ dlnk, or Y_{P}) to vary together with p_{ann}. We found that the constraint is weakened by up to 20%. Furthermore, we have verified that we obtain consistent results when relaxing the priors on the amplitudes of the Galactic dust templates or if we use the CamSpec likelihood instead of the baseline Plik likelihood.
Fig. 41
Constraints on the selfannihilation crosssection at recombination, ⟨ σν ⟩ _{z∗}, times the efficiency parameter, f_{eff} (Eq. (81)). The blue area shows the parameter space excluded by the PlanckTT,TE,EE+lowP data at 95% CL. The yellow line indicates the constraint using WMAP9 data. The dashed green line delineates the region ultimately accessible to a cosmicvariancelimited experiment with angular resolution comparable to that of Planck. The horizontal red band includes the values of the thermalrelic crosssection multiplied by the appropriate f_{eff} for different DM annihilation channels. The dark grey circles show the bestfit DM models for the PAMELA/AMS02/Fermi cosmicray excesses, as calculated in Cholis & Hooper (2013, caption of their figure 6). The light grey stars show the bestfit DM models for the Fermi Galactic centre γray excess, as calculated by Calore et al. (2015, their tables I, II, and III), with the light grey area indicating the astrophysical uncertainties on the bestfit crosssections. 

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Figure 41 shows the constraints from WMAP9, Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP, and a forecast for a cosmicvariancelimited experiment with similar angular resolution to Planck^{36}. The horizontal red band includes the values of the thermalrelic crosssection multiplied by the appropriate f_{eff} for different DM annihilation channels. For example, the upper red line corresponds to f_{eff} = 0.67, which is appropriate for a DM particle of mass m_{χ} = 10 GeV annihilating into e^{+}e^{−}, while the lower red line corresponds to f_{eff} = 0.13, for a DM particle annihilating into 2π^{+}π^{−} through an intermediate mediator (see, e.g., ArkaniHamed et al. 2009). The Planck data exclude at 95% confidence level a thermal relic crosssection for DM particles of mass m_{χ} ≲ 44 Gev annihilating into e^{+}e^{−} (f_{eff} ≈ 0.6), m_{χ} ≲ 16 GeV annihilating into μ^{+}μ^{−} or (f_{eff} ≈ 0.2), and m_{χ} ≲ 11 GeV annihilating into τ^{+}τ^{−} (f_{eff} ≈ 0.15).
The dark grey shaded area in Fig. 41 shows the approximate allowed region of parameter space, as calculated by Cholis & Hooper (2013) on the assumption that the PAMELA, AMS, and Fermi cosmicray excesses are caused by DM annihilation; the dark grey dots indicate the bestfit dark matter models described in that paper (for a recent discussion on bestfitting models, see also Boudaud et al. 2015). The favoured value of the crosssection is about two orders of magnitude higher than the thermal relic crosssection (≈3 × 10^{26} cm^{3} s^{1}). Attempts to reconcile such a high crosssection with the relic abundance of DM include a Sommerfeld enhanced crosssection (that may saturate at ⟨ σν ⟩ ≈ 10^{24} cm^{3} s^{1}) or nonthermal production of DM (see, e.g., the discussion by Madhavacheril et al. 2014). Both of these possibilities are strongly disfavoured by the Planck data. We cannot, however, exclude more exotic possibilities, such as DM annihilation through a pwave channel with a crosssection that scales as ν^{2} (Diamanti et al. 2014). Since the relative velocity of DM particles at recombination is many orders of magnitude smaller than in the Galactic halo, such a model cannot be constrained using CMB data.
Observations from the Fermi Large Area Telescope of extended γray emission towards the centre of the Milky Way, peaking at energies of around 1−3 GeV, have been interpreted as evidence for annihilating DM (e.g.,Goodenough & Hooper 2009; Gordon & Macías 2013; Daylan et al.2016; Abazajian et al. 2014; Lacroix et al. 2014). The light grey stars in Fig. 41 show specific models of DM annihilation designed to fit the Fermi γray excess (Calore et al. 2015), while the light grey box shows the uncertainties of the bestfit crosssections due to imprecise knowledge of the Galactic DM halo profile. Although the interpretation of the Fermi excess remains controversial (because of uncertainties in the astrophysical backgrounds), DM annihilation remains a possible explanation. The bestfit models of Calore et al. (2015) are consistent with the Planck constraints on DM annihilation.
6.7. Testing recombination physics with Planck
The cosmological recombination process determines how CMB photons decoupled from baryons around redshift z ≈ 10^{3}, when the Universe was about 400 000 years old. The importance of this transition on the CMB anisotropies has long been recognized (Sunyaev & Zeldovich 1970; Peebles & Yu 1970). The most advanced computations of the ionization history (e.g., AliHaïmoud & Hirata 2010; AliHaimoud & Hirata 2011; Chluba & Thomas 2011; Chluba et al. 2012) account for many subtle atomic physics and radiative transfer effects that were not included in the earliest calculations (Zeldovich et al. 1968; Peebles 1968).
With precision data from Planck, we are sensitive to subpercent variations of the free electron fraction around lastscattering (e.g., Hu et al. 1995; Seager et al. 2000; Seljak et al. 2003). Quantifying the impact of uncertainties in the ionization history around the maximum of the Thomson visibility function on predictions of the CMB power spectra is thus crucial for the scientific interpretation of data from Planck. In particular, for tests of models of inflation and extensions to ΛCDM, the interpretation of the CMB data can be significantly compromised by inaccuracies in the recombination calculation (e.g., Wong et al. 2008; RubiñoMartín et al. 2010; Shaw & Chluba 2011). This problem can be approached in two ways, either by using modified recombination models with a specific physical process (or parameter) in mind, or in a semiblind, modelindependent way. Both approaches provide useful insights in assessing the robustness of the results from Planck.
Modeldependent limits on varying fundamental constants (Kaplinghat et al. 1999; Scóccola et al. 2009; Galli et al. 2009b), annihilating or decaying particles (e.g., Chen & Kamionkowski 2004; Padmanabhan & Finkbeiner 2005; Zhang et al. 2006, and Sect. 6.6), or more general sources of extra ionization and excitation photons (Peebles et al. 2000; Doroshkevich et al. 2003; Galli et al. 2008), have been discussed extensively in the literature.
As already discussed in PCP13, the choice for Planck has been to use the rapid calculations of the recfast code, modified using corrections calculated with the more precise codes. To start this subsection we quantify the effect on the analysis of Planck data of the remaining uncertainties in the standard recombination history obtained with different recombination codes (Sect. 6.7.1). We also derive CMB anisotropybased measurements of the hydrogen 2s−1s twophoton decay rate, A_{2s → 1s} (Sect. 6.7.2), and the average CMB temperature, T_{0} derived at the lastscattering epoch (Sect. 6.7.3). These two parameters strongly affect the recombination history but are usually kept fixed when fitting models to CMB data (as in the analyses described in previous sections). Section 6.7.4 describes modelindependent constraints on perturbed recombination scenarios. A discussion of these cases provides both a test of the consistency of the CMB data with the standard recombination scenario and also a demonstration of the impressive sensitivity of Planck to small variations in the ionization history at z ≈ 1100.
6.7.1. Comparison of different recombination codes
Even for prePlanck data, it was realized that the early recombination calculations of Zeldovich et al. (1968) and Peebles (1968) had to be improved. This led to the development of the widelyused and computationally quick recfast code (Seager et al. 1999, 2000). However, for Planck, the recombination model of recfast in its original form is not accurate enough. Percentlevel corrections, due to detailed radiative transfer and atomic physics effects have to be taken into account. Ignoring these effects can bias the inferred cosmological parameters, some by as much as a few standard deviations.
The recombination problem was solved as a common effort of several groups (Dubrovich & Grachev 2005; Kholupenko et al. 2007; Chluba & Sunyaev 2006b; RubiñoMartín et al. 2006; Karshenboim & Ivanov 2008; Wong & Scott 2007; Switzer & Hirata 2008; Grin & Hirata 2010; AliHaïmoud & Hirata 2010). This work was undertaken, to a large extent, in preparation for the precision data from Planck. Both CosmoRec (Chluba & Thomas 2011) and HyRec (AliHaimoud & Hirata 2011) allow fast and precise computations of the ionization history, explicitly capturing the physics of the recombination problem. For the standard cosmology, the ionization histories obtained from these two codes in their default settings agree to within 0.05% for hydrogen recombination (600 ≲ z ≲ 1600) and 0.35% during helium recombination^{37} (1600 ≲ z ≲ 3000). The effect of these small differences on the CMB power spectra is ≲ 0.1% at ℓ< 4000 and so has a negligible impact on the interpretation of precision CMB data; for the standard six parameters of base ΛCDM, we find that the largest effect is a bias in ln(10^{10}A_{s}) at the level of 0.04σ ≈ 0.0012 for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO.
For Planck analyses, the recombination model of recfast is used by default. In recfast, the precise dynamics of recombination is not modelled physically, but approximated with fittingfunctions calibrated against the full recombination calculations assuming a reference cosmology (Seager et al. 1999, 2000; Wong et al. 2008). At the level of precision required for Planck, the recfast approach is sufficiently accurate, provided that the cosmologies are close to base ΛCDM (RubiñoMartín et al. 2010; Shaw & Chluba 2011). Comparing the latest version of recfast (camb version) with CosmoRec, we find agreement to within 0.2% for hydrogen recombination (600 ≲ z ≲ 1600) and 0.2% during helium recombination for the standard ionization history. The effect on the CMB power spectra is ≲0.15% at ℓ< 4000, although with slightly more pronounced shifts in the peak positions than when comparing CosmoRec and HyRec. For the base ΛCDM model, we find that the largest bias is on n_{s}, at the level of 0.15σ (≈0.0006) for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO. Although this is about 5 times larger than the difference in n_{s} between CosmoRec and HyRec, this bias is nevertheless unimportant at the current level of precision (and smaller than the differences seen from different likelihoods, see Sect. 3.1).
Finally we compare CosmoRec with recfast in its original form (i.e., before recalibrating the fittingfunctions on refined recombination calculations). For base ΛCDM, we expect to see biases of ΔΩ_{b}h^{2} ≈ −2.1σ ≈ −0.00028 and Δn_{s} ≈ −3.3σ ≈ −0.012 (Shaw & Chluba 2011). Using the actual data (Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO) we find biases of ΔΩ_{b}h^{2} ≈ −1.8σ ≈ −0.00024 and Δn_{s} ≈ −2.6σ ≈ −0.010, very close to the expected values. This illustrates explicitly the importance of the improvements of CosmoRec and HyRec over the original version of recfast for the interpretation of Planck data. However, CosmoRec and HyRec themselves are much more computationally intensive than the modified recfast, which is why we use recfast in most Planck cosmological analyses.
6.7.2. Measuring A_{2s → 1s} with Planck
The crucial role of the 2s−1s twophoton decay channel for the dynamics of hydrogen recombination has been appreciated since the early days of CMB research (Zeldovich et al. 1968; Peebles 1968). Recombination is an outofequilibrium process and energetic photons emitted in the far Wien tail of the CMB by Lyman continuum and series transitions keep the primordial plasma ionized for a much longer period than expected from simple equilibrium recombination physics. Direct recombinations to the ground state of hydrogen are prohibited, causing a modification of the free electron number density, N_{e}, by only ΔN_{e}/N_{e} ≈ 10^{6} around z ≈ 10^{3} (Chluba & Sunyaev 2007). Similarly, the slow escape of photons from the Lyα resonance reduces the effective Lyα transition rate to −10 s^{1} (by more than seven orders of magnitude), making it comparable to the vacuum 2s−1s twophoton decay rate of A_{2s → 1s} ≈ 8.22 s^{1}. About 57% of all hydrogen atoms in the Universe became neutral through the 2s−1s channel (e.g., Wong et al. 2006; Chluba & Sunyaev 2006a), and subtle effects, such as the induced 2s−1s twophoton decay and Lyα reabsorption, need to be considered in precision recombination calculations (Chluba & Sunyaev 2006b; Kholupenko & Ivanchik 2006; Hirata 2008).
The high sensitivity of the recombination process to the 2s−1s twophoton transition rate also implies that instead of simply adopting a value for A_{2s → 1s} from theoretical computations (Breit & Teller 1940; Spitzer & Greenstein 1951; Goldman 1989) one can directly determine it with CMB data. From the theoretical point of view it would be surprising to find a value that deviates significantly from A_{2s → 1s} = 8.2206 s^{1}, derived from the most detailed computation (Labzowsky et al. 2005). However, laboratory measurements of this transition rate are extremely challenging (O’Connell et al. 1975; Krüger & Oed 1975; Cesar et al. 1996). The most stringent limit is for the differential decay rate, A_{2s → 1s}(λ) dλ = (1.5 ± 0.65) s^{1} (a 43% error) at wavelengths λ = 255.4−232.0 nm, consistent with the theoretical value of A_{2s → 1s}(λ) dλ = 1.02 s^{1} in the same wavelength range (Krüger & Oed 1975). With precision data from Planck we are in a position to perform the best measurement to date, using cosmological data to inform us about atomic transition rates at last scattering (as also emphasized by Mukhanov et al. 2012).
The 2s−1s twophoton rate affects the CMB anisotropies only through its effect on the recombination history. A larger value of A_{2s → 1s}, accelerates recombination, allowing photons and baryons to decouple earlier, an effect that shifts the acoustic peaks towards smaller scales. In addition, slightly less damping occurs, as in the case of the stimulated 2s−1s twophoton decays (Chluba & Sunyaev 2006b). This implies that for flat cosmologies, variations of A_{2s → 1s} correlate with Ω_{c}h^{2} and H_{0} (which affect the distance to the last scattering surface), while A_{2s → 1s} anticorrelates with Ω_{b}h^{2} and n_{s} (which modify the slope of the damping tail). Despite these degeneracies, one expects that Planck will provide a measurement of A_{2s → 1s} to within ± 0.5 s^{1}, corresponding to an approximately 6% uncertainty (Mukhanov et al. 2012).
Fig. 42
Marginalized posterior for A_{2s → 1s}, obtained using CosmoRec, with and without smallscale polarization data. We find good agreement with the theoretical value of A_{2s → 1s} = 8.2206 s^{1}. For comparison, we also show the result for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO obtained with recfast, emphasizing the consistency of different treatments. 

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In Fig. 42, we show the marginalized posterior for A_{2s → 1s} from Planck and for Planck combined with BAO. Using CosmoRec to compute the recombination history, we find These results are in very good agreement with the theoretical value, A_{2s → 1s} = 8.2206 s^{1}. For Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO, approximately 8% precision is reached using cosmological data. These constraints are not sensitive to the addition of BAO, or other external data (JLA+H_{0}). The slight shift away from the theoretical value is accompanied by small (fractions of a σ) shifts in n_{s}, Ω_{c}h^{2}, and H_{0}, to compensate for the effects of A_{2s → 1s} on the distance to the last scattering surface and damping tail. This indicates that additional constraints on the acoustic scale are required to fully break degeneracies between these parameters and their effects on the CMB power spectrum, a task that could be achieved in the future using largescale structure surveys and next generation CMB experiments.
The values for A_{2s → 1s} quoted above were obtained using CosmoRec. When varying A_{2s → 1s}, the range of cosmologies becomes large enough to potentially introduce a mismatch of the recfast fittingfunctions that could affect the posterior. In particular, with recfast the 2s−1s twophoton and Lyα channels are not treated separately, so that changes specific to the 2s−1s decay channel propagate inconsistently^{38}. However, repeating the analysis with recfast, we find A_{2s → 1s} = 7.78 ± 0.58 s^{1} (see Fig. 42), for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO, which is in excellent agreement with CosmoRec, showing that these effects can be neglected.
6.7.3. Measuring T_{0} at lastscattering with Planck
Our best constraint on the CMB monopole temperature comes from the measurements of the CMB spectrum with COBE/FIRAS, giving a 0.02% determination of T_{0} (Fixsen et al. 1996; Fixsen 2009). Other constraints from molecular lines typically reach 1% precision (see Table 2 in Fixsen 2009, for an overview), while independent BBN constraints provide 5−10% limits (Simha & Steigman 2008; Jeong et al. 2014).
The CMB anisotropies provide additional ways of determining the value of T_{0} (for fixed values of N_{eff} and Y_{P}). One is through the energy distribution of the CMB anisotropies (Fixsen et al. 1996; Fixsen 2003; Chluba 2014) and another through their power spectra (Opher & Pelinson 2004, 2005; Chluba 2014). Even small changes in T_{0}, compatible with the COBE/FIRAS error, affect the ionization history at the 0.5% level around lastscattering, propagating to a roughly 0.1% uncertainty in the CMB power spectrum (Chluba & Sunyaev 2008). Overall, the effect of this uncertainty on the parameters of ΛCDM models is small (Hamann & Wong 2008); however, without prior knowledge of T_{0} from the COBE/FIRAS measurement, the situation would change significantly.
The CMB monopole affects the CMB anisotropies in several ways. Most importantly, for larger T_{0}, photons decouple from baryons at lower redshift, since more ionizing photons are present in the Wientail of the CMB. This effect is amplified because of the exponential dependence of the atomic level populations on the ratio of the ionization potentials and CMB temperature. In addition, increasing T_{0} lowers the expansion timescale of the Universe and the redshift of matterradiation equality, while increasing the photon sound speed. Some of these effects are also produced by varying N_{eff}; however, the effects of T_{0} on the ionization history and photon sound speed are distinct.
Fig. 43
Marginalized posterior for T_{0}. We find excellent agreement with the COBE/FIRAS measurement. For comparison, we show the result for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO obtained using both CosmoRec and recfast, emphasizing the consistency of different treatments. 

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With CMB data alone, the determination of T_{0} is degenerate with other parameters, but the addition of other data sets breaks this degeneracy. Marginalized posterior distributions for T_{0} are shown in Fig. 43. Using CosmoRec, we find and similar results are obtained with recfast. This is in excellent agreement with the COBE/FIRAS measurement, T_{0} = 2.7255 ± 0.0006 K (Fixsen et al. 1996; Fixsen 2009). These measurements of T_{0} reach a precision that is comparable to the accuracy obtained with interstellar molecules. Since the systematics of these independent methods are very different, this result demonstrates the consistency of all these data. Allowing T_{0} to vary causes the errors of the other cosmological parameters to increase. The strongest effect is on θ_{MC}, which is highly degenerate with T_{0}. The error on θ_{MC} increases by a factor of roughly 25 if T_{0} is allowed to vary. The error on Ω_{b}h^{2} increases by a factor of about 4, while the errors on n_{s} and Ω_{c}h^{2} increase by factors of 1.5−2, and the other cosmological parameters are largely unaffected by variations in T_{0}. Because of the strong degeneracy with θ_{MC}, no constraint on T_{0} can be obtained using Planck data alone. External data, such as BAO, are therefore required to break this geometric degeneracy.
It is important to emphasize that the CMB measures the temperature at a redshift of z ≈ 1100, so the comparison with measurements of T_{0} at the present day is effectively a test of the constancy of aT_{CMB}, where a ≈ 1 / 1100 is the scalefactor at the time of lastscattering. It is remarkable that we are able to test the constancy of aT_{CMB} ≡ T_{0} over such a large dynamic range in redshift. Of course, if we did find that aT_{CMB} around recombination were discrepant with T_{0} now, then we would need to invent a finelytuned latetime photon injection mechanism^{39} to explain the anomaly. Fortunately, the data are consistent with the standard T_{CMB} ∝ (1 + z) scaling of the CMB temperature.
Another approach to measuring aT_{CMB} is through the thermal SunyaevZeldovich effect in rich clusters of galaxies at various redshifts (Fabbri et al. 1978; Rephaeli 1980), although it is unclear how one would interpret a failure of this test without an explicit model. In practice this approach is consistent with a scaling aT_{CMB} = constant, but with lower precision than obtained here from Planck (e.g., Battistelli et al. 2002; Luzzi et al. 2009; Saro et al. 2014; Hurier et al. 2014). A simple T_{CMB} = T_{0}(1 + z)^{1−β} modification to the standard temperature redshift relation is frequently discussed in the literature (though this case is not justified by any physical model and is difficult to realize without creating a CMB spectral distortion, see Chluba 2014). For this parameterization we find where we have adopted a recombination redshift of z_{∗} = 1100^{40}. Because of the long leverarm in redshift afforded by the CMB, this is an improvement over earlier constraints by more than an order of magnitude (e.g., Hurier et al. 2014).
In a selfconsistent picture, changes of T_{0} would also affect the BBN era. We might therefore consider a simultaneous variation of N_{eff} and Y_{P} to reflect the variation of the neutrino energy density accompanying a putative variation in the photon energy density. Since we find aT_{CMB} at recombination to be highly consistent with the observed CMB temperature from COBE/FIRAS, considering this extra variation seems unnecessary. Instead, we may view the aT_{CMB} variation investigated here as further support for the limits discussed in Sects. 6.4 and 6.5.
6.7.4. Semiblind perturbed recombination analysis
The high sensitivity of smallscale CMB anisotropies to the ionization history of the Universe around the epoch of recombination allows us to constrain possible deviations from the standard recombination scenario in a modelindependent way (Farhang et al. 2012, 2013). The method relies on an eigenanalysis (often referred to as a principle component analysis) of perturbations in the free electron fraction, X_{e}(z) = N_{e}/N_{H}, where N_{H} denotes the number density of hydrogen nuclei. The eigenmodes selected are specific to the data used in the analysis. Similar approaches have been used to constrain deviations of the reionization history from the simplest models (Mortonson & Hu 2008) and annihilating dark matter scenarios (Finkbeiner et al. 2012), both with the prior assumption that the standard recombination physics is fully understood, as well as for constraining trajectories in inflation Planck Collaboration XX (2016) and dark energy Planck Collaboration XIV (2016) parameterizations.
Here, we use Planck data to find preferred ionization fraction trajectories X_{e}(z) composed of loworder perturbation eigenmodes to the standard history (X_{e}modes). The X_{e}modes are constructed through the eigendecomposition of the inverse of the Fisher information matrix for base ΛCDM (the six cosmological parameters and the nuisance parameters) and recombination perturbation parameters (see Farhang et al. 2012, for details). This procedure allows us to estimate the errors on the eigenmode amplitudes, μ_{i}, providing a rank ordering of the X_{e}modes and their information content.
The first three X_{e}modes for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP are illustrated in Fig. 44, together with their impact on the differential visibility function. Figure 45 shows the response of the CMB temperature and polarization power spectra to these eigenmodes. The first mode mainly leads to a change in the width and height of the Thomson visibility function (bottom panel of Fig. 44). This implies less diffusion damping, which is also reflected in the modifications to the CMB power spectra (as shown in Fig. 45). The second mode causes the visibility maximum to shift towards higher redshifts for μ_{2}> 0, which leads to a shift of the CMB extrema to smaller scales; however, for roughly constant width of the visibility function it also introduces less damping at small scales. The third mode causes a combination of changes in both the position and width of the visibility function, with a pronounced effect on the location of the acoustic peaks. For the analysis of Planck data combinations, we only use X_{e}modes that are optimized for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP.
Fig. 44
Eigenmodes of the recombination history, marginalized over the standard six cosmological and Planck nuisance parameters. The upper panel shows the first three X_{e}modes constructed for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP data. The lower panel show changes in the differential visibility corresponding to 1σ deviations from the standard recombination scenario for the first three X_{e}modes. The maximum of the Thomson visibility function and width are indicated in both figures. 

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Fig. 45
Changes in the TT (upper panel) and EE (lower panel) power spectra caused by a 1σ deviation from the standard recombination scenario for the first three X_{e}modes (see Fig. 44). 

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We modified CosmoMC to estimate the mode amplitudes. The results for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO are presented in Table 7. Although all mode amplitudes are consistent with standard recombination, adding the second X_{e}mode causes mild shifts in H_{0} and τ. For Planck TT+lowP, we find μ_{1} = −0.11 ± 0.51 and μ_{2} = −0.23 ± 0.50, using the Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP eigenmodes, again consistent with the standard recombination scenario. Adding the polarization data improves the errors by more than a factor of 2. However, the mode amplitudes are insensitive to the addition of external data.
Standard parameters and the first three X_{e}modes, as determined for Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO.
With prePlanck data, only the amplitude, μ_{1}, of the first eigenmode could be constrained. The corresponding change in the ionization history translates mainly into a change in the slope of the CMB damping tail, with this mode resembling the first mode determined using Planck data (Fig. 44). The WMAP9+SPT data gave a nonzero value for the first eigenmode at about 2σ, . However, the WMAP9+ACT data gave and the combined prePlanck data (WMAP+ACT+SPT) gave , both consistent with the standard recombination scenario (Calabrese et al. 2013). The variation among these results is another manifestation of the tensions between different prePlanck CMB data, as discussed in PCP13.
Although not optimal for Planck data, we also compute the amplitudes of the first three X_{e}modes constructed for the WMAP9+SPT data set. This provides a more direct comparison with the prePlanck constraints. For Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP+BAO we obtain and . The mild tension of the prePlanck data with the standard recombination scenario disappears when using Planck data. This is especially impressive, since the errors have improved by more than a factor of 2. By projecting onto the Planck modes, we find that the first two SPT modes can be expressed as and , which emphasizes the consistency of the results. Adding the first three SPT modes, we obtain , , and , which again is consistent with the standard model of recombination. The small changes in the mode amplitudes when adding the third mode arise because the SPT modes are not optimal for Planck and so are correlated.
6.8. Cosmic defects
Topological defects are a generic byproduct of symmetrybreaking phase transitions and a common phenomenon in condensed matter systems. Cosmic defects of various types can be formed in phase transitions in the early Universe (Kibble 1976). In particular, cosmic strings can be produced in some supersymmetric and grandunified theories at the end of inflation (Jeannerot et al. 2003), as well as in higherdimensional theories (e.g., Polchinski 2005). Constraints on the abundance of cosmic strings and other defects therefore place limits on a range of models of the early Universe. More discussion on the formation, evolution, and cosmological role of topological defects can be found, for example, in the reviews by Vilenkin & Shellard (2000), Hindmarsh & Kibble (1995), and Copeland & Kibble (2010).
In this section we revisit the power spectrumbased constraints on the abundance of cosmic strings and other topological defects using the 2015 Planck data, including Planck polarization measurements. The general approach follows that described in the Planck 2013 analysis of cosmic defects (Planck Collaboration XXV 2014), so here we focus on the updated constraints rather than on details of the methodology.
Fig. 46
Marginalized posterior distributions for the fractional contribution, f_{10}, of the defect contribution to the temperature power spectrum at ℓ = 10 (see the text for the precise definition). Here we show the constraints for the NambuGoto cosmic strings (NG, solid black), fieldtheory simulations of AbelianHiggs cosmic strings (AH, solid red), semilocal strings (SL, dotted blue), and global textures (TX, dashed green). The upper panel shows the 1D posterior for the Planck+lowP data, while constraints shown in the lower panel additionally use the TE and EE data. 

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Topological defects are nonperturbative excitations of the underlying field theory and their study requires numerical simulations. Unfortunately, since the Hubble scale, c/H_{0}, is over 50 orders of magnitude greater that the thickness of a GUTscale string, approximately (ħ/μc)^{1/2} with μ the mass per unit length of the string, it is impractical to simulate the string dynamics exactly in the late Universe. For this reason one needs to make approximations. One approach considers the limit of an infinitely thin string, which corresponds to using the NambuGoto (“NG”) action for the string dynamics. In an alternative approach, the actual field dynamics for a given model are solved on a lattice. In this case it is necessary to resolve the string core, which generally requires more computationally intensive simulations than in the NG approach. Lattice simulations, however, can include additional physics, such as field radiation that is not present in NG simulations. Here we will use fieldtheory simulations of the AbelianHiggs action (“AH”); details of these simulations are discussed in Bevis et al. (2007, 2010).
The fieldtheory approach also allows one to simulate theories in which the defects are not cosmic strings and so cannot be described by the NG action. Examples include semilocal strings (“SL”, Urrestilla et al. 2008) and global defects. Here we will specifically consider the breaking of a global O(4) symmetry resulting in texture defects (“TX”).
For the fieldtheory defects, we measure the energymomentum tensor from the simulations and insert it as an additional constituent into a modified version of the CMBEASY Boltzmann code (Doran 2005) to predict the defect contribution to the CMB temperature and polarization power spectra (see, e.g., Durrer et al. 2002). The same approach can be applied to NG strings, but rather than using simulations directly, we model the strings using the unconnected segment model (“USM”, Albrecht et al. 1999; Pogosian & Vachaspati 1999). In this model, strings are represented by a set of uncorrelated straight segments, with scaling properties chosen to match those determined from numerical simulations. In this case, the string energymomentum tensor can be computed analytically and used as an active source in a modified Boltzmann code. For this analysis we use CMBACT version 4 ^{41}, whereas Planck Collaboration XXV (2014) used version 3. There have been several improvements to the code since the 2013 analysis, including a correction to the normalization of vector mode spectra. However, the largest change comes from an improved treatment of the scaling properties. The string correlation length and velocity are described by an updated velocitydependent onescale model (Martins & Shellard 2002), which provides better agreement with numerical simulations. Smallscale structure of the string, which was previously a free parameter, is accounted for by the onescale model.
The CMB power spectra from defects are proportional to (Gμ/c^{2})^{2}. We scale the computed template CMB spectra, and add these to the inflationary and foreground power spectra, to form the theory spectra that enter the likelihood. In practice, we parameterize the defects with their relative contribution to the TT spectrum at multipole ℓ = 10, . We vary f_{10} and the standard six parameters of the base ΛCDM model, using CosmoMC. We also report our results in terms of the derived parameter Gμ/c^{2}.
95% upper limits on the parameter f_{10} and on the derived parameter Gμ/c^{2} for the defect models discussed in the text.
The constraints on f_{10} and the inferred limits on Gμ/c^{2} are summarized in Table 8. The marginalized 1D posterior distribution functions are shown in Fig. 46. For Planck TT+lowP we find that the results are similar to the Planck+WP constraints reported in Planck Collaboration XXV (2014), for the AH model, or somewhat better for SL and TX. However, the addition of the Planck highℓTE and EE polarization data leads to a significant improvement compared to the 2013 constraints.
For the NG string model, the results based on Planck TT+lowP are slightly weaker than the 2013 Planck+WP constraints. This is caused by a difference in the updated defect spectrum from the USM model, which has a less pronounced peak and shifts towards the AH spectrum. With the inclusion of polarization, Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP improves the upper limit on f_{10} by a factor of 2, as for the AH model. The differences between the AH and NG results quoted here can be regarded as a rough indication of the uncertainty in the theoretical string power spectra.
In summary, we find no evidence for cosmic defects from the Planck 2015 data, with tighter limits than before.
7. Conclusions^{42}
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The sixparameter base ΛCDM model continues toprovide a very good match to the more extensive 2015Planck data, including polarization. This is themost important conclusion of this paper.
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The 2015 PlanckTT, TE, EE, and lensing spectra are consistent with each other under the assumption of the base ΛCDM cosmology. However, when comparing the TE and EE spectra computed for different frequency combinations, we find evidence for systematic effects caused by temperaturetopolarization leakage. These effects are at low levels and have little impact on the science conclusions of this paper.
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We have presented the first results on polarization from the LFI at low multipoles. The LFI polarization data, together with Planck lensing and highmultipole temperature data, gives a reionization optical depth of τ = 0.066 ± 0.016 and a reionization redshift of . These numbers are in good agreement with those inferred from the WMAP9 polarization data cleaned for polarized dust emission using HFI 353GHz maps. They are also in good agreement with results from Planck temperature and lensing data, i.e., excluding any information from polarization at low multipoles.
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The absolute calibration of the Planck 2015 HFI spectra is higher by 2% (in power) compared to 2013, largely resolving the calibration difference noted in PCP13 between WMAP and Planck. In addition, there have been a number of small changes to the lowlevel Planck processing and more accurate calibrations of the HFI beams. The 2015 Planck likelihood also makes more aggressive use of sky than in PCP13 and incorporates some refinements to the modelling of unresolved foregrounds. Apart from differences in τ (caused by switching to the LFI lowmultipole polarization likelihood, as described in item 3 above) and the amplitudeτ combination A_{s}e^{− 2τ} (caused by the change in absolute calibration), the 2015 parameters for base ΛCDM are in good agreement with those reported in PCP13.
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The PlanckTT, TE, and EE spectra are accurately described by a purely adiabatic spectrum of fluctuations with a spectral tilt n_{s} = 0.968 ± 0.006, consistent with the predictions of singlefield inflationary models. Combining Planck data with BAO, we find tight limits on the spatial curvature of the Universe,  Ω_{K}  < 0.005, again consistent with the inflationary prediction of a spatiallyflat Universe.
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The Planck data show no evidence for tensor modes. Adding a tensor amplitude as a oneparameter extension to base ΛCDM, we derive a 95% upper limit of r_{0.002}< 0.11. This is consistent with the Bmode polarization analysis reported in BKP, resolving the apparent discrepancy between the Planck constraints on r and the BICEP2 results reported by BICEP2 Collaboration (2014). In fact, by combining the Planck and BKP likelihoods, we find an even tighter constraint, r_{0.002}< 0.09, strongly disfavouring inflationary models with a V(φ) ∝ φ^{2} potential.
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The Planck data show no evidence for any significant running of the spectral index. We also set strong limits on a possible departure from a purely adiabatic spectrum, either through an admixture of fullycorrelated isocurvature modes or from cosmic defects.
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The Planck bestfit base ΛCDM cosmology (we quote numbers for Planck TT+lowP+lensing here) is in good agreement with results from BAO surveys, and with the recent JLA sample of Type Ia SNe. The Hubble constant in this cosmology is H_{0} = (67.8 ± 0.9) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}, consistent with the direct measurement of H_{0} of Eq. (30) used as an H_{0} prior in this paper. The Planck base ΛCDM cosmology is also consistent with the recent analysis of redshiftspace distortions of the BOSS CMASSDR11 data by Samushia et al. (2014) and Beutler et al. (2014a). The amplitude of the presentday fluctuation spectrum, σ_{8}, of the Planck base ΛCDM cosmology is higher than inferred from weak lensing measurements from the CFHTLenS survey (Heymans et al. 2012; Erben et al. 2013) and, possibly, from counts of rich clusters of galaxies (including Planck cluster counts reported in Planck Collaboration XXIV 2016). The Planck base ΛCDM cosmology is also discordant with Lyα BAO measurements at z ≈ 2.35 (Delubac et al. 2015; FontRibera et al. 2014). At present, the reasons for these tensions are unclear.
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By combining the Planck TT+lowP+lensing data with other astrophysical data, including the JLA supernovae, the equation of state for dark energy is constrained to w = −1.006 ± 0.045 and is therefore compatible with a cosmological constant, as assumed in the base ΛCDM cosmology.
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We have presented a detailed analysis of possible extensions to the neutrino sector of the base ΛCDM model. Combining Planck TT+lowP+lensing with BAO we find N_{eff} = 3.15 ± 0.23 for the effective number of relativistic degrees of freedom, consistent with the value N_{eff} = 3.046 of the standard model. The sum of neutrino masses is constrained to ∑ m_{ν}< 0.23 eV. The Planck data strongly disfavour fully thermalized sterile neutrinos with m_{sterile} ≈ 1 eV that have been proposed as a solution to reactor neutrino oscillation anomalies. From Planck, we find no evidence for new neutrino physics. Standard neutrinos with masses larger than those in the minimal mass hierarchy are still allowed, and could be detectable in combination with future astrophysical and CMB lensing data.
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The standard theory of big bang nucleosynthesis, with N_{eff} = 3.046 and negligible leptonic asymmetry in the electron neutrino sector, is in excellent agreement with Planck data and observations of primordial light element abundances. This agreement is particularly striking for deuterium, for which accurate primordial abundance measurements have been reported recently (Cooke et al. 2014). The BBN theoretical predictions for deuterium are now dominated by uncertainties in nuclear reaction rates (principally the d(p,γ)^{3}He radiative capture process), rather than from Planck uncertainties in the physical baryon density ω_{b} ≡ Ω_{b}h^{2}.
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We have investigated the temperature and polarization signatures associated with annihilating dark matter and possible deviations from the standard recombination history. Again, we find no evidence for new physics from the Planck data.
Planck (http://www.esa.int/Planck) is a project of the European Space Agency (ESA) with instruments provided by two scientific consortia funded by ESA member states and led by Principal Investigators from France and Italy, telescope reflectors provided through a collaboration between ESA and a scientific consortium led and funded by Denmark, and additional contributions from NASA (USA).
This paper refers extensively to the earlier 2013 Planck cosmological parameters paper and CMB power spectra and likelihood paper (Planck Collaboration XVI 2014; Planck Collaboration XV 2014). To simplify the presentation, these papers will henceforth be referred to as PCP13 and PPL13, respectively.
The subscript on r refers to the pivot scale in Mpc^{1} used to define the tensortoscalar ratio. For Planck we usually quote r_{0.002}, since a pivot scale of 0.002 Mpc^{1} is close to the scale at which there is some sensitivity to tensor modes in the largeangle temperature power spectrum. For a scalar spectrum with no running and a scalar spectral index of n_{s} = 0.965, r_{0.05} ≈ 1.12r_{0.002} for small r. For r ≈ 0.1, assuming the inflationary consistency relation, we have instead r_{0.05} ≈ 1.08r_{0.002}.
Our treatment of Galactic dust emission also differs from that used in PPL13 and PCP13. Here we describe changes to the extragalactic model and our treatment of errors in the Planck absolute calibration, deferring a discussion of Galactic dust modelling in temperature and polarization to Sect. 3.
Throughout this paper, we adopt the following labels for likelihoods: (i) Planck TT denotes the combination of the TT likelihood at multipoles ℓ ≥ 30 and a lowℓ temperatureonly likelihood based on the CMB map recovered with Commander; (ii) Planck TT+lowP further includes the Planck polarization data in the lowℓ likelihood, as described in the main text; (iii) labels such as Planck TE+lowP denote the TE likelihood at ℓ ≥ 30 plus the polarizationonly component of the mapbased lowℓPlanck likelihood; and (iv) Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP denotes the combination of the likelihood at ℓ ≥ 30 using TT, TE, and EE spectra and the lowℓ temperature+polarization likelihood. We make occasional use of combinations of the polarization likelihoods at ℓ ≥ 30 and the temperature+polarization data at lowℓ, which we denote with labels such as Planck TE+lowT,P.
These quantities are explicitly the apodized effective , calculated as the average of the square of the apodized mask values (see Eq. (10)).
The revised version of PCP13 also reported an error in the ordering of the beamtransfer functions applied to some of the 2013 217 × 217 DetSet crossspectra, leading to an offset of a few (μK)^{2} in the coadded 217 × 217 spectrum. As discussed in PCP13, this offset is largely absorbed by the foreground model and has negligible impact on the 2013 cosmological parameters.
In temperature, the 100 × 143 and 100 × 217 spectra are not included in the likelihood because the temperature spectra are largely signal dominated. These spectra therefore add little new information on the CMB, but would require additional nuisance parameters to correct for unresolved foregrounds at high multipoles.
See Planck Collaboration Int. XLVI (2016), which has been submitted since this paper was written.
In detail, the theory spectrum is binned in the same way as the data, renormalized to account for the (very small) difference between the CMB spectra in the bestfit model and the fiducial spectra used in the lensing analysis, and corrected for the difference in N^{(1)}, calculated for the bestfit and fiducial models (around a 4% change in N^{(1)}, since the fiducialmodel is higher by this amount than in the bestfit model).
We emphasize the difference between the phenomenological parameters A_{L} and (introduced earlier). The amplitude A_{L} multiplies when calculating both the lensed CMB theory spectra and the lensing likelihood, while affects only the lensing likelihood by scaling the theory when comparing with the power spectrum of the reconstructed lensing potential φ.
A CosmoMC likelihood model for the JLA sample is available at http://supernovae.in2p3.fr/sdss_snls_jla/ReadMe.html. The latest version in CosmoMC includes numerical integration over the nuisance parameters for use when calculating joint constraints using importance sampling; this can give different χ^{2} values compared to parameter best fits.
As this paper was nearing completion, results from the Nearby Supernova Factory have been presented that indicate a correlation between the peak brightness of Type Ia SNe and the local starformation rate (Rigault et al. 2015). These authors argue that this correlation introduces a systematic bias of around 1.8 km s^{1}Mpc^{1} in the SNe/Cepheid distance scale measurement of H_{0} . For example, according to these authors, the estimate of Eq. (30) should be lowered to H_{0} = (68.8 ± 3.3) km s^{1}Mpc^{1}, a downward shift of approximately 0.5σ. Clearly, further work needs to be done to assess the importance of such a bias on the distance scale. It is ignored in the rest of this paper.
The constraint of Chuang et al. (2016) plotted in the original version of this paper was subsequently shown to be in error. We therefore now show updated BOSS data points for DR12 from Chuang et al. (2016, for CMASS) and GilMarín et al. (2016, for LOWZ).
See the Planck Legacy Archive, http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/planck/pla, which contains considerably more detailed information than presented in this paper.
Planck Collaboration XX (2016) gives equivalent onetailed constraints on β_{iso} =  α , where the correlated and anticorrelated cases are considered separately.
We also do not explore extended cosmologies in this section, since no significant degeneracies are expected between (∑ m_{ν}, N_{eff}, w, dn_{s}/ dlnk) and (, ) (Audren et al. 2015).
However, the most recent individual measurement by Yue et al. (2013) gives τ_{n} = [ 887.8 ± 1.2 (stat.) ± 1.9 (syst.) ] s, which is discrepant at 3.3σ with the previous average (including only statistical errors). Hence one should bear in mind that systematic effects could be underestimated in the Particle Data Group result. Adopting the central value of Yue et al. (2013) would shift our results by a small amount (by a factor of 1.0062 for Y_{P} and 1.0036 for y_{DP}).
A substantial part of this error comes from the regression to zero metallicity. The mean of the 17 measurements analysed by Aver et al. (2013) is , i.e., about 1.7σ higher than the Planck predictions of Eq. (73).
To maintain consistency with other papers on dark matter annihilation, we retain the notation f(z) for the efficiency factor in this section; it should not be confused with the growth rate factor introduced in Eq. (32).
We checked that we obtain similar results using either the HyRec code (AliHaimoud & Hirata 2011), as detailed in Giesen et al. (2012), or CosmoRec (Chluba & Thomas 2011), instead of recfast.
It is interesting to note that the constraint derived from Planck TT,TE,EE+lowP is consistent with the forecast given in Galli et al. (2009a), p_{ann}< 3 × 10^{28} cm^{3} s^{1} GeV^{1}.
Helium recombination is treated in more detail by CosmoRec (e.g., RubiñoMartín et al. 2008; Chluba et al. 2012), which explains most of the difference.
Pure energy release in the form of heating of ordinary matter would leave a Compton ydistortion (Zeldovich & Sunyaev 1969) at these late times (Burigana et al. 1991; Hu & Silk 1993; Chluba & Sunyaev 2012).
Acknowledgments
The Planck Collaboration acknowledges the support of: ESA; CNES and CNRS/INSUIN2P3INP (France); ASI, CNR, and INAF (Italy); NASA and DoE (USA); STFC and UKSA (UK); CSIC, MINECO, JA, and RES (Spain); Tekes, AoF, and CSC (Finland); DLR and MPG (Germany); CSA (Canada); DTU Space (Denmark); SER/SSO (Switzerland); RCN (Norway); SFI (Ireland); FCT/MCTES (Portugal); ERC and PRACE (EU). A description of the Planck Collaboration and a list of its members, indicating which technical or scientific activities they have been involved in, can be found at http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/planck/planckcollaboration. Some of the results in this paper have been derived using the HEALPix package. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007−2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. [616170] and from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council [grant number ST/L000652/1]. Part of this work was undertaken on the STFC DiRAC HPC Facilities at the University of Cambridge, funded by UK BIS National Einfrastructure capital grants, and on the Andromeda cluster of the University of Geneva. A large set of cosmological parameter constraints from different data combinations, and including many separate extensions to the 6parameter base ΛCDM model, are available at http://pla.esac.esa.int/pla/#cosmology.
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