Hemispherical power asymmetries in the WMAP 7-year low-resolution temperature and polarization maps
Paci, F ; Gruppuso, A ; Finelli, F ; - N. Mandolesi;...et al.
Jan - 2013
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt1219

journal : Monthly Notices of Royal Astronomical Society

Volume : 434 ; Issue : 4
type: Article Journal

We test the hemispherical power asymmetry of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) 7-year low-resolution temperature and polarization maps. We consider two natural estimators for such an asymmetry and exploit our implementation of an optimal angular power spectrum estimator for all the six cosmic microwave background spectra. By scanning the whole sky through a sample of 24 directions, we search for asymmetries in the power spectra of the two hemispheres, comparing the results with Monte Carlo simulations drawn from the WMAP 7-year best-fitting model. Our analysis extends previous results to the polarization sector. The level of asymmetry on the internal linear combination temperature map is found to be compatible with previous results, whereas no significant asymmetry on the polarized spectra is detected. We show that our results are only weakly affected by the a posteriori choice of the maximum multipole considered for the analysis. We also forecast the capability to detect dipole modulation by our methodology at Planck sensitivity.

keywords : galaxies: luminosity function, mass function galaxies: photometry galaxies: starburst submillimetre: galaxies