The Signature of Patchy Reionization in the Polarization Anisotropy of the CMB

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The inhomogeneous ionization state of the universe when the first sources of ionizing radiation appeared should lead to anisotropies in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. We use cosmological simulations of the process by which the first sources ionized the intergalactic medium to study the induced polarization anisotropies. We find that the polarization anisotropies have rms of order {approx} 0.01 {mu}K, and local peak values of {approx} 0.1 {mu}K, smaller than those due to gravitational lensing on small scales. The polarization direction is highly coherent over degree scales. This directional coherence is not expected from either primary anisotropy or ... continued below

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Dore, Olivier; Astrophys., /Canadian Inst. Theor.; Holder, Gil; U., /McGill; Alvarez, Marcelo; /KIPAC, Menlo Park et al. May 16, 2007.

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The inhomogeneous ionization state of the universe when the first sources of ionizing radiation appeared should lead to anisotropies in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. We use cosmological simulations of the process by which the first sources ionized the intergalactic medium to study the induced polarization anisotropies. We find that the polarization anisotropies have rms of order {approx} 0.01 {mu}K, and local peak values of {approx} 0.1 {mu}K, smaller than those due to gravitational lensing on small scales. The polarization direction is highly coherent over degree scales. This directional coherence is not expected from either primary anisotropy or gravitational lensing effects, making the largest signals due to inhomogeneous ionization relatively easy to isolate, should experiments achieve the necessary very low noise levels.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-12515
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.76.043002 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 907721
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc884781

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Dore, Olivier; Astrophys., /Canadian Inst. Theor.; Holder, Gil; U., /McGill; Alvarez, Marcelo; /KIPAC, Menlo Park et al. The Signature of Patchy Reionization in the Polarization Anisotropy of the CMB, article, May 16, 2007; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc884781/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.