Cosmic microwave background-normalized predictions for Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect fluctuations

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We predict the level of small-scale anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) due to the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect for the ensemble of cosmological models that are consistent with current measurements of large-scale CMB anisotropy. We argue that the recently reported detections of the small-scale (arcminutes) CMB anisotropy are only marginally consistent with being due to the SZ effect when cosmological models are calibrated to the existing primary CMB data on large scales. The discrepancy is at more than 2-2. 5 σ and is mainly due to a lower σ8 ≲ 0.8 favored by the primary CMB and a higher σ8 ≳ 1 favored by the SZ effect. A degeneracy between the optical depth to Thomson scattering and the CMB-derived value of ∼8 suggests that the discrepancy would be reduced if the universe was reionized very early, at a redshift of ∼25.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L1-L4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 II
StatePublished - Oct 10 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Cosmological parameters
  • Cosmology: observations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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