Multipole Vector Anomalies in the First-year Wmap Data: a Cut-sky Analysis


We apply the recently defined multipole vector framework to the frequency-specific first-yearWMAP sky maps, estimating the low-l multipole coefficients from the high-latitude sky by means of a power equalization filter. While most previous analyses of this type have considered only heavily processed (and foreground-contaminated) full-sky maps, the present approach allows for greater control of residual foregrounds, and therefore potentially also for cosmologically important conclusions. The low-l spherical harmonics coefficients and corresponding multipole vectors are tabulated for easy reference. Using this formalism, we re-assess a set of earlier claims of both cosmological and non-cosmological low-l correlations based on multipole vectors. First, we show that the apparent l = 3 and 8 correlation claimed by Copi et al. (2004) is present only in the heavily processed map produced by Tegmark et al. (2003), and must therefore be considered an artifact of that map. Second, the well-known quadrupoleoctopole correlation is confirmed at the 99% significance level, and shown to be robust with respect to frequency and sky cut. Previous claims are thus supported by our analysis. Finally, the low-l alignment with respect to the ecliptic claimed by Schwarz et al. (2004) is nominally confirmed in this analysis, but also shown to be very dependent on severe a-posteriori choices. Indeed, we show that given the peculiar quadrupole-octopole arrangement, finding such a strong alignment with the ecliptic is not unusual. Subject headings: cosmic microwave background — cosmology: observations — methods: numerical

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@inproceedings{Bielewicz2008MultipoleVA, title={Multipole Vector Anomalies in the First-year Wmap Data: a Cut-sky Analysis}, author={Pawel Bielewicz and Hans Kristian Eriksen and Anthony J. Banday and Krzysztof Gorski and P . B . Lilje}, year={2008} }