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Title: The polarization signature of local bulk flows

A large peculiar velocity of the intergalactic medium produces a Doppler shift of the cosmic microwave background with a frequency-dependent quadrupole term. This quadrupole will act as a source for polarization of the cosmic microwave background, creating a large-scale polarization anisotropy if the bulk flow is local and coherent on large scales. In the case where we are near the center of the moving region, the polarization signal is a pure quadrupole. We show that the signal is small, but detectable with future experiments for bulk flows as large as some recent reports.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Physics, McGill University, Montréal, QC H3A 2T8 (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348105
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 781; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANISOTROPY; BACKGROUND RADIATION; DOPPLER EFFECT; FREQUENCY DEPENDENCE; INTERGALACTIC SPACE; POLARIZATION; QUADRUPOLES; RELICT RADIATION; UNIVERSE; VELOCITY