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Searching for a dipole modulation in the large-scale structure of the Universe

Abstract: Several statistical anomalies in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature anisotropies seem to defy the assumption of a homogeneous and isotropic universe. In particular, a dipole modulation has been detected both in WMAP and Planck data. We adapt the methodology proposed by Eriksen et al. on CMB data to galaxy surveys, tracing the large-scale structure. We analyse the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Very Large Array (VLA) Sky Survey data at a resolution of ~2° for three different flux thresholds: 2.5, 5.0 and 10.0 mJy, respectively. No evidence of a dipole modulation is found. This result suggests that the origin of the dipole asymmetry found in the CMB cannot be assigned to secondary anisotropies produced at redshifts around z?=?1. However, it could still have been generated at redshifts higher or lower, such as the integrated Sachs–Wolfe effect produced by the local structures. Other all-sky surveys, like the infrared WISE catalogue, could help to explore with a high sensitivity a redshift interval closer than the one probed with NVSS.

 Fuente: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 441, iss.3, Pp. 2392-2397 (2014)

 Editorial: Oxford University Press

 Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2014

 Nº de páginas: 6

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu749

 ISSN: 0035-8711,1365-2966

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stu749