Ellipticity analysis of the BOOMERanG CMB maps

V. G. Gurzadyan, P. A.R. Ade, P. De Bernardis, C. L. Bianco, J. J. Bock, A. Boscaleri, B. P. Crill, G. De Troia, K. Ganga, M. Giacometti, E. Hivon, V. V. Hristov, A. L. Kashin, A. E. Lange, S. Masi, P. D. Mauskopf, T. Montroy, P. Natoli, C. B. Netterfield, E. PascaleF. Piacentini, G. Polenta, J. Ruhl

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The properties of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) maps carry valuable cosmological information. Here we report the results of the analysis hot and cold CMB anisotropy spots in the BOOMERanG 150 GHz map in terms of number, area, ellipticity, vs. temperature threshold. We carried out this analysis for the map obtained by summing independent measurement channels (signal plus noise map) and for a comparison map (noise only map) obtained by differencing the same channels. The anisotropy areas (spots) have been identified for both maps for various temperature thresholds and a catalog of the spots has been produced. The orientation (obliquity) of the spots is random for both maps. We computed the mean elongation of spots obtained from the maps at a given temperature threshold using a simple estimator. We found that for the sum map there is a region of temperature thresholds where the average elongation is not dependent on the threshold. Its value is ∼ 2.3 for cold areas and ∼ 2.2 for hot areas. This is a non-trivial result. The bias of the estimator is ∼ + 0.4 for areas of size ≲ 30′, and smaller for larger areas. The presence of noise also biases the llipticity by ≲ + 0.3. These biases have not been subtracted in the results quoted above. The threshold independent and random obliquity behaviour in the sum map is stable against pointing reconstruction accuracy and noise level of the data, thus confirming that these are actual properties of the dataset. The data used here give a hint of high ellipticity for the largest spots. Analogous elongation properties of CMB anisotropies had been detected for COBE-DMR 4 year data. If this is due to geodesics mixing, it would point to a non zero curvature of the Universe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1859-1873
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics D
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmic microwave background

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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