The stacked ISW signal of rare superstructures in ΛCDM

Samuel Flender, Shaun Hotchkiss, Seshadri Nadathur

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A detection of the stacked integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) signal in the CMB of rare superstructures identified in the SDSS Luminous Red Galaxy catalogue has been reported at very high statistical significance. The magnitude of the observed signal has previously been argued to be more than 3σ larger than the theoretical ΛCDM expectation. However, this calculation was made in the linear approximation, and relied on assumptions that may potentially have caused the ΛCDM expectation to be underestimated. Here we update the theoretical model calculation and compare it with an analysis of ISW maps obtained from N-body simulations of a ΛCDM universe. The differences between model predictions and the map analyses are found to be small and cannot explain the discrepancy with observation, which remains at > 3σ significance. We discuss the cosmological significance of this anomaly and speculate on the potential of alternative models to explain it.
Original languageEnglish
Article number013
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue numberFebruary 2013
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2013


  • integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect
  • CMBR theory
  • cosmological simulations
  • CMBR experiments


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