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Sunyaev-Zel'dovich distortion from early galactic winds

Majumdar, Subhabrata and Nath, Biman B and Chiba, Masashi (2001) Sunyaev-Zel'dovich distortion from early galactic winds. In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 324 (3). pp. 537-546.


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We consider the distortion in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) resulting from galactic winds at high redshift. Winds outflowing from galaxies have been hypothesized to be possible sources of metals in the intergalactic medium, which is known to have been enriched to 10(-2.5)Z(.) at z similar to 3. We model these winds as functions of mass of the parent galaxy and redshift, assuming that they activate at a common initial redshift, z(in), and calculate the mean y-distortion and the angular power spectrum of the distortion in the CMB, We find that the thermal Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect resulting from the winds is consistent with previous estimates. The distortion arising from the kinetic SZ (kSZ) effect is, however, found to be more important than the thermal SZ (tSZ) effect. We find that the distortion resulting from galactic winds is an important contribution to the power spectrum of distortion at very small angular scales (l similar to 10(4)). We also find that the power spectrum resulting from clustering dominates the Poisson power spectrum for l less than or equal to (4-5) x 10(5). We show explicitly how the combined power spectrum from wind dominates over that of clusters at 217 GHz, relevant for PLANCK, We also show how these constraints change when the efficiency of the winds is varied.

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Keywords: galaxies formation;intergalactic medium;cosmic microwave background
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/1874

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