B-mode constraints from Planck low multipole polarisation data

Roger de Belsunce, Steven Gratton, George Efstathiou

Submitted on 11 July 2022


We present constraints on primordial B modes from large angular scale cosmic microwave background polarisation anisotropies measured with the Planck satellite. To remove Galactic polarised foregrounds, we use a Bayesian parametric component separation method, modelling synchrotron radiation as a power law and thermal dust emission as a modified blackbody. This method propagates uncertainties from the foreground cleaning into the noise covariance matrices of the maps. We construct two likelihoods: (i) a semi-analytical cross-spectrum-based likelihood-approximation scheme (momento) and (ii) an exact polarisation-only pixel-based likelihood (pixlike). Since momento is based on cross-spectra it is statistically less powerful than pixlike, but is less sensitive to systematic errors correlated across frequencies. Both likelihoods give a tensor-to-scalar ratio, r, that is consistent with zero from low multipole (2 <= ell < 30) Planck polarisation data. From full-mission maps we obtain r_0.05<0.274, at 95 per cent confidence, at a pivot scale of k = 0.05 Mpc^-1, using pixlike. momento gives a qualitatively similar but weaker 95 per cent confidence limit of r_0.05<0.408.


Comment: 10 pages, 7 figures

Subject: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics