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Constraints on structure formation models from the sunyaev- zel'dovich effect

Majumdar, Subhabrata and Subrahmanyan, Ravi (2000) Constraints on structure formation models from the sunyaev- zel'dovich effect. In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 312 (4). pp. 724-732.

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Abstract

In the context of cold dark matter (CDM) cosmological models, we have simulated images of the brightness temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) sky owing to the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (S-Z) effect in a cosmological distribution of clusters. We compare the image statistics with recent ATCA limits on arcmin-scale CMB anisotropy. The S-Z effect produces a generically non-Gaussian field and we compute the variance in the simulated temperature-anisotropy images, after convolution with the ATCA beam pattern, for different cosmological models. All the models are normalized to the 4-yr COBE data. We find an increase in the simulated-sky temperature variance with increase in the cosmological density parameter Omega(0). A comparison with the upper limits on the sky variance set by the ATCA appears to rule out our closed- universe model: low-Omega(0) open-universe models are preferred. The result is independent of any present day observations of sigma(8).

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Blackwell Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2008 11:07
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/1791

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