Probing the Universe after Cosmological Recombination through the Effect of Neutral Lithium on the Microwave Background Anisotropies
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CitationLoeb, Abraham. 2001. “Probing the Universe after Cosmological Recombination through the Effect of Neutral Lithium on the Microwave Background Anisotropies.” The Astrophysical Journal 555 (1): L1–5. https://doi.org/10.1086/321730.
AbstractI show that neutral lithium couples strongly to the cosmic microwave background (CMB) through its 6708 Angstrom resonant transition after it recombines at z similar to 500. At observed wavelengths of less than or similar to 335 mum, the CMB anisotropies are significantly altered since the optical depth for resonant scattering by neutral lithium is substantial, tau (Li I)similar to 0.5. The scattering would suppress the original anisotropies but will generate strong new anisotropies in the CMB temperature and polarization on subdegree scales (l greater than or similar to 100). Observations at different wavelengths in this spectral regime can probe different thin slices of the early universe. The anisotropy noise contributed by continuum radiation from foreground far-infrared sources could be taken out by subtracting maps at slightly different wavelengths. Detection of the above effects can be used to study structure at and to constrain the z less than or similar to 500 primordial abundance and recombination history of lithium.
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