Tangled magnetic fields and CMBR signal from reionization epoch

Rajesh Gopal, Shiv K. Sethi
2005 Physical Review D  
We compute the secondary CMBR anisotropy signal from the reionization of the universe in the presence of tangled magnetic fields. We consider the tangled magnetic-field-induced scalar, vector, and tensor modes for our analysis. The most interesting signal for l<10 arise from tensor perturbations. In particular, we show that the enhancement observed by WMAP in the TE cross-correlation signal for l<10 could be explained by tensor TE cross-correlation from tangled magnetic fields generated during
more » ... s generated during the inflationary epoch for magnetic field strength B_0=4.5*10^{-9}G and magnetic field power spectrum spectral index n=-2.9. Alternatively, a mixture of tensor mode signal with primordial scalar modes give weaker bounds on the value of the optical depth to the reionization surface, tau_{reion}=0.11 +/- 0.02. This analysis can also be translated to a limit on the magnetic field strength of nearly 5*10{-9}G for wave-numbers < 0.05 Mpc^{-1}
doi:10.1103/physrevd.72.103003 fatcat:uppfwwkbgfdxnlf7nuakzalju4