Cosmic string parameter constraints and model analysis using small scale Cosmic Microwave Background data

Дата и время публикации : 2011-08-12T22:20:25Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
J. Urrestilla
N. Bevis
M. Hindmarsh
M. Kunz

Ссылка на журнал-издание: JCAP 12(2011)021
Коментарии к cтатье: 8 pages, 3 figures; Minor corrections, matches published version
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO, hep-ph, hep-th

Краткий обзор статьи: We present a significant update of the constraints on the Abelian Higgs cosmic string tension by cosmic microwave background (CMB) data, enabled both by the use of new high-resolution CMB data from suborbital experiments as well as the latest results of the WMAP satellite, and by improved predictions for the impact of Abelian Higgs cosmic strings on the CMB power spectra. The new cosmic string spectra (presented in a previous work) were improved especially for small angular scales, through the use of larger Abelian Higgs string simulations and careful extrapolation. If Abelian Higgs strings are present then we find improved bounds on their contribution to the CMB anisotropies, f10< 0.095, and on their tension, Gmu< 0.57 x 10^-6, both at 95% confidence level using WMAP7 data; and f10 < 0.048 and Gmu < 0.42 x 10^-6 using all the CMB data. We also find that using all the CMB data, a scale invariant initial perturbation spectrum, ns=1, is now disfavoured at 2.4sigma even if strings are present. A Bayesian model selection analysis no longer indicates a preference for strings.

Category: Physics