Suman Bhattacharya, Daisuke Nagai, Laurie Shaw, Tom Crawford, Gilbert P. Holder
2012 Astrophysical Journal  
We perform a detailed study of the bispectrum of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect. Using an analytical model for the pressure profiles of the intracluster medium, we demonstrate the SZ bispectrum to be a sensitive probe of the amplitude of the matter power spectrum parameter sigma_8. We find that the bispectrum amplitude scales as B_SZ sigma_8^11-12, compared to that of the power spectrum, which scales as A_tSZ sigma_8^7-9. We show that the SZ bispectrum is principally sourced by massive clusters
more » ... t redshifts around z 0.4, which have been well-studied observationally. This is in contrast to the SZ power spectrum, which receives a significant contribution from less-well understood low-mass and high-redshift groups and clusters. Therefore, the amplitude of the bispectrum at l 3000 is less sensitive to astrophysical uncertainties than the SZ power spectrum. We show that current high resolution CMB experiments should be able to detect the SZ bispectrum amplitude with high significance, in part due to the low contamination from extra-galactic foregrounds. A combination of the SZ bispectrum and the power spectrum can sharpen the measurements of thermal and kinetic SZ components and help distinguish cosmological and astrophysical information from high-resolution CMB maps.
doi:10.1088/0004-637x/760/1/5 fatcat:sb3o7dsalvaqfjfwey5uqtbf3i