It is attractive to suppose for several astrophysical reasons that the Universe has close to the critical density in light (~30 eV) neutrinos which decay radiatively with a lifetime of ~10^23 s. In such a cosmology the Universe is re-ionized early and the last scattering surface of the cosmic microwave background significantly broadened. We calculate the resulting angular power spectrum of temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. As expected, the acoustic peaks are significantly damped relative to the standard case. This would allow a definitive test of the decaying neutrino cosmology with the forthcoming MAPPlanck surveyor missions.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- November 1998
- COSMIC MICROWAVE BACKGROUND;
- DARK MATTER;
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
- 4 pages (uses mn.sty) incl. 4 figures (epsf)