CMB signatures of metal-free star formation and Planck 2015 polarization data

  title={CMB signatures of metal-free star formation and Planck 2015 polarization data},
  author={V. Miranda and A. Lidz and C. Heinrich and W. Hu},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • V. Miranda, A. Lidz, +1 author W. Hu
  • Published 2017
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Standard analyses of the reionization history of the universe from Planck cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization measurements consider only the overall optical depth to electron scattering ($\tau$), and further assume a step-like reionization history. However, the polarization data contain information beyond the overall optical depth, and the assumption of a step-like function may miss high redshift contributions to the optical depth and lead to biased $\tau$ constraints. Accounting for… CONTINUE READING

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