CROSS-CORRELATION BETWEEN THE CMB LENSING POTENTIAL MEASURED BY PLANCK AND HIGH-z SUBMILLIMETER GALAXIES DETECTED BY THE HERSCHEL-ATLAS SURVEY

F. Bianchini*, P. Bielewicz, A. Lapi, J. Gonzalez-Nuevo, C. Baccigalupi, G. de Zotti, L. Danese, A. Cooray, S. Dye, S. Eales, R. Ivison, M. Negrello, D. Scott, M. W. L. Smith, E. Valiante, Nathan Bourne, Loretta Dunne, Stephen Maddox

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Abstract

We present the first measurement of the correlation between the map of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) lensing potential derived from the Planck nominal mission data and z greater than or similar to 1.5 galaxies detected by the Herschel-ATLAS (H-ATLAS) survey covering about 600 deg(2), i.e., about 1.4% of the sky. We reject the hypothesis that there is no correlation between CMB lensing and galaxy detection at a 20 sigma significance, checking the result by performing a number of null tests. The significance of the detection of the theoretically expected cross-correlation signal is found to be 10 sigma. The galaxy bias parameter, b, derived from a joint analysis of the cross-power spectrum and of the autopower spectrum of the galaxy density contrast is found to b = 2.80(-0.11)(+0.12), consistent with earlier estimates for H-ATLAS galaxies at similar redshifts. On the other hand, the amplitude of the cross-correlation is found to be a factor 1.62 +/- 0.16 higher than expected from the standard model and also found by cross-correlation analyses with other tracers of the large-scale structure. The enhancement due to lensing magnification can account for only a fraction of the excess cross-correlation signal. We suggest that part of it may be due to an incomplete removal of the contamination of the cosmic infrared background, which includes the H-ATLAS sources we are cross-correlating with. In any case, the highly significant detection reported here using a catalog covering only 1.4% of the sky demonstrates the potential of CMB lensing correlations with submillimeter surveys.

Original languageEnglish
Article number64
Number of pages15
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume802
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • cosmic background radiation
  • galaxies: high-redshift
  • gravitational lensing: weak
  • methods: data analysis
  • Cosmology: observations
  • SCIENCE DEMONSTRATION PHASE
  • SOUTH-POLE TELESCOPE
  • MICROWAVE BACKGROUND POLARIZATION
  • POWER SPECTRUM
  • STATISTICAL-ANALYSIS
  • MODEL
  • TEMPERATURE
  • EVOLUTION
  • REDSHIFT
  • CLUSTERS

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