Powerlaw Template for Infrared Pointsource Clustering
Abstract
We perform a combined fit to angular power spectra of unresolved infrared (IR) point sources from the Planck satellite (at 217, 353, 545, and 857 GHz, over angular scales 100 <~ l <~ 2200), the Balloonborne LargeAperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST; 250, 350, and 500 μm 1000 <~ l <~ 9000), and from correlating BLAST and Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT; 148 and 218 GHz) maps. We find that the clustered power over the range of angular scales and frequencies considered is well fitted by a simple power law of the form C ^{clust} _{l}vpropl^{n } with n = 1.25 ± 0.06. While the IR sources are understood to lie at a range of redshifts, with a variety of dust properties, we find that the frequency dependence of the clustering power can be described by the square of a modified blackbody, ν^{β} B(ν, T _{eff}), with a single emissivity index β = 2.20 ± 0.07 and effective temperature T _{eff} = 9.7 K. Our predictions for the clustering amplitude are consistent with existing ACT and South Pole Telescope results at around 150 and 220 GHz, as is our prediction for the effective dust spectral index, which we find to be α_{150220} = 3.68 ± 0.07 between 150 and 220 GHz. Our constraints on the clustering shape and frequency dependence can be used to model the IR clustering as a contaminant in cosmic microwave background anisotropy measurements. The combined Planck and BLAST data also rule out a linear bias clustering model.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal
 Pub Date:
 June 2012
 DOI:
 10.1088/0004637X/752/2/120
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1108.4614
 Bibcode:
 2012ApJ...752..120A
 Keywords:

 cosmic background radiation;
 cosmology: observations;
 infrared: diffuse background;
 infrared: galaxies;
 submillimeter: diffuse background;
 Astrophysics  Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 11 pages, 4 figures. Published in ApJ