Impact of local structure on the cosmic radio dipole

Matthias Rubart, David Bacon, Dominik J. Schwarz

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Abstract

We investigate the contribution that a local over- or under-density can have on linear cosmic dipole estimations. We focus here on radio surveys, such as the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS), and forthcoming surveys such as those with the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR), the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The NVSS has already been used to estimate the cosmic radio dipole; it was shown recently that this radio dipole amplitude is larger than expected from a purely kinematic effect, assuming the velocity inferred from the dipole of the cosmic microwave background. We show here that a significant contribution to this excess could come from a local void or similar structure. In contrast to the kinetic contribution to the radio dipole, the structure dipole depends on the flux threshold of the survey and the wave band, which opens the chance to distinguish the two contributions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA111
Pages (from-to)A111
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume565
Early online date20 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

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