Separation of gravitational-wave and cosmic-shear contributions to cosmic microwave background polarization.

@article{Kesden2002SeparationOG,
  title={Separation of gravitational-wave and cosmic-shear contributions to cosmic microwave background polarization.},
  author={Michael Kesden and Asantha Cooray and Marc Kamionkowski},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2002},
  volume={89 1},
  pages={
          011304
        }
}
Inflationary gravitational waves (GW) contribute to the curl component in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Cosmic shear--gravitational lensing of the CMB--converts a fraction of the dominant gradient polarization to the curl component. Higher-order correlations can be used to map the cosmic shear and subtract this contribution to the curl. Arcminute resolution will be required to pursue GW amplitudes smaller than those accessible by the Planck surveyor mission. The… 

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