The intrinsic bispectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background

Guido Pettinari, Christian Fidler, Robert Crittenden, Kazuya Koyama, David Wands

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We develop a new, efficient code for solving the second-order Einstein-Boltzmann equations, and use it to estimate the intrinsic CMB non-Gaussianity arising from the non-linear evolution of density perturbations. The full calculation involves contributions from recombination and less tractable contributions from terms integrated along the line of sight. We investigate the bias that this intrinsic bispectrum implies for searches of primordial non-Gaussianity. We find that the inclusion or omission of certain line of sight terms can make a large impact. When including all physical effects but lensing and time-delay, we find that the local-type f_nl would be biased by f_nl ~ 0.5, below the expected sensitivity of the Planck satellite. The speed of our code allows us to confirm the robustness of our results with respect to a number of numerical parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)003
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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