Power-law template for infrared point-source clustering

Graeme E. Addison, Joanna Dunkley, Amir Hajian, Marco Viero, J. Richard Bond, Sudeep Das, Mark J. Devlin, Mark Halpern, Adam D. Hincks, Renée Hlozek, Tobias A. Marriage, Kavilan Moodley, Lyman A. Page, Erik D. Reese, Douglas Scott, David N. Spergel, Suzanne T. Staggs, Edward Wollack

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We perform a combined fit to angular power spectra of unresolved infrared (IR) point sources from the Planck satellite (at 217, 353, 545, and 857GHz, over angular scales 100 ≲ ℓ ≲ 2200), the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST; 250, 350, and 500 μm; 1000 ≲ ℓ ≲ 9000), and from correlating BLAST and Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT; 148 and 218GHz) maps. We find that the clustered power over the range of angular scales and frequencies considered is well fitted by a simple power law of the form C clust -n with n = 1.25 ± 0.06. While the IR sources are understood to lie at a range of redshifts, with a variety of dust properties, we find that the frequency dependence of the clustering power can be described by the square of a modified blackbody, νβ B(ν, T eff), with a single emissivity index β = 2.20 ± 0.07 and effective temperature T eff = 9.7 K. Our predictions for the clustering amplitude are consistent with existing ACT and South Pole Telescope results at around 150 and 220GHz, as is our prediction for the effective dust spectral index, which we find to be α150-220 = 3.68 ± 0.07 between 150 and 220GHz. Our constraints on the clustering shape and frequency dependence can be used to model the IR clustering as a contaminant in cosmic microwave background anisotropy measurements. The combined Planck and BLAST data also rule out a linear bias clustering model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number120
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 20 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • cosmic background radiation
  • cosmology: observations
  • infrared: diffuse background
  • infrared: galaxies
  • submillimeter: diffuse background


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