We present an application of the fast Independent Component Analysis (FASTICA) to the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) three-year data with the goal of extracting the cosmic microwave background (CMB) signal. We evaluate the confidence of our results by means of Monte Carlo simulations including the CMB, foreground contaminations and instrumental noise specific to each WMAP frequency band. We perform a complete analysis involving all or a subset of the WMAP channels in order to select the optimal combination for CMB extraction, using the frequency scaling of the reconstructed component as a figure of merit. We find that the combination KQVW provides the best CMB frequency scaling, indicating that the low-frequency foreground contamination in Q, V and W bands is better traced by the emission in the K band. The CMB angular power spectrum is recovered up to the degree scale; it is consistent within errors for all WMAP channel combinations considered, and in close agreement with the WMAP three-year results. A power spectrum analysis is made of the sky map divided into two hemispheres that have been previously reported as showing evidence of an asymmetric ratio of power on large angular scales. We then confirm the findings of several previous works with independent techniques.
|Titolo:||Cosmic microwave background signal in Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe three-year data with FASTICA|
|Autori:||Maino, D.; Donzelli, S.; Banday, A. J.; Stivoli, F.; Baccigalupi, C.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.11255.x|
|Fulltext via DOI:||https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2006.11255.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|