The Atacama Cosmology Telescope: A CMB lensing mass map over 2100 square degrees of sky and its cross-correlation with BOSS-CMASS galaxies

2 Apr 2020  ·  Omar Darwish, Mathew S. Madhavacheril, Blake Sherwin, Simone Aiola, Nicholas Battaglia, James A. Beall, Daniel T. Becker, J. Richard Bond, Erminia Calabrese, Steve Choi, Mark J. Devlin, Jo Dunkley, Rolando Dünner, Simone Ferraro, Anna E. Fox, Patricio A. Gallardo, Yilun Guan, Mark Halpern, Dongwon Han, Matthew Hasselfield, J. Colin Hill, Gene C. Hilton, Matt Hilton, Adam D. Hincks, Shuay-Pwu Patty Ho, J. Hubmayr, John P. Hughes, Brian J. Koopman, Arthur Kosowsky, J. Van Lanen, Thibaut Louis, Marius Lungu, Amanda MacInnis, Loïc Maurin, Jeffrey McMahon, Kavilan Moodley, Sigurd Naess, Toshiya Namikawa, Laura Newburgh, John P. Nibarger, Micheal D. Niemack, Lyman A. Page, Bruce Partridge, Frank J. Qu, Naomi Robertson, Benjamin Schmitt, Neelima Sehgal, Cristóbal Sifón, David N. Spergel, Suzanne Staggs, Emilie Storer, Alexander van Engelen, Edward J. Wollack ·

We construct cosmic microwave background lensing mass maps using data from the 2014 and 2015 seasons of observations with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT). These maps cover 2100 square degrees of sky and overlap with a wide variety of optical surveys. The maps are signal dominated on large scales and have fidelity such that their correlation with the cosmic infrared background is clearly visible by eye. We also create lensing maps with thermal Sunyaev-Zel'dovich contamination removed using a novel cleaning procedure that only slightly degrades the lensing signal-to-noise ratio. The cross-spectrum between the cleaned lensing map and the BOSS CMASS galaxy sample is detected at $10$-$\sigma$ significance, with an amplitude of $A=1.02 \pm 0.10$ relative to the Planck best-fit LCDM cosmological model with fiducial linear galaxy bias. Our measurement lays the foundation for lensing cross-correlation science with current ACT data and beyond.

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Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics Astrophysics of Galaxies