Cosmological constraints from a 31 GHz sky survey with the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich array

Stephen Muchovej, Erik Leitch, John E. Carlstrom, Thomas Culverhouse, Chris Greer, David Hawkins, Ryan Hennessy, Marshall Joy, James Lamb, Michael Loh, Daniel P. Marrone, Amber Miller, Tony Mroczkowski, Clem Pryke, Matthew Sharp, David Woody

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We present the results of an analysis of 4.4 deg2 selected from a 6.1 deg2 survey for clusters of galaxies via their Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect at 31 GHz. From late 2005 to mid 2007, the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Array observed four fields of roughly 1.5 deg2 each. One of the fields shows evidence for significant diffuse Galactic emission, and is therefore excised from this analysis. We estimate the cluster detectability for the survey using mock observations of simulations of clusters of galaxies and determine that, at intermediate redshifts (z ∼ 0.8), the survey is 50% complete to a limiting mass (M200ρ̄) of ∼6.0 × 1014 M, with the mass limit decreasing at higher redshifts. We detect no clusters at a significance greater than five times the rms noise level in the maps, and place an upper limit on σ8, the amplitude of mass density fluctuations on a scale of 8 h -1 Mpc, of 0.84 + 0.04 + 0.04 at 95% confidence, where the first uncertainty reflects an estimate of additional sample variance due to non-Gaussianity in the distribution of clusters and the second reflects calibration and systematic effects. This result is consistent with estimates from other cluster surveys and cosmic microwave background anisotropy experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number28
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2011


  • cosmic background radiation
  • cosmology: observations
  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • large-scale structure of universe
  • surveys
  • techniques: interferometric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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