Contribution to the Three-Point Function of the Cosmic Microwave Background from the Rees-Sciama Effect
We compute the contribution to the three-point temperature correlation function of the cosmic microwave background coming from the nonlinear evolution of Gaussian initial perturbations, as described by the Rees-Sciama (or integrated Sachs-Wolfe) effect. By expressing the collapsed three-point function in terms of multipole amplitudes, we are able to calculate its expectation value for any power spectrum and for any experimental setting on large angular scales. We also give an analytical expression for the rms collapsed three-point function arising from the cosmic variance of a Gaussian fluctuation field. In the case of COBE DMR, we find that the predicted signal is ∼3 orders of magnitude below that expected from the cosmic variance.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- November 1995
- COSMOLOGY: COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND;
- GALAXIES: CLUSTERS: GENERAL;
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