OAS - Bologna

The CMB angular power spectrum via component separation: a study on Planck data

by Caterina Umiltà (University of Cincinnati, USA)

Sala riunioni II piano (exIASF)

Sala riunioni II piano


Via Gobetti 101 40129 Bologna


The Planck satellite observed the whole sky at various frequencies in the microwave range. These data are of high value to cosmology, since they help understanding the primordial universe through the observation of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) signal. To extract the CMB information, astrophysical foreground emissions need to be removed via component separation techniques.
I will present how one can use the blind component separation method SMICA to estimate the CMB angular power spectrum with the aim of using it for the estimation of cosmological parameters. In order to do so, small scales limitations as the residual contamination of unresolved point sources and the noise need to be addressed.  
The obtained CMB spectra from simulations and Planck 2015 data are used to estimate cosmological parameters. Results show that this estimation can be biased if the shape of the (weak) foreground residuals in the angular power spectrum is not well known.