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Towards a cosmological neutrino mass detection

Allison, R., Caucal, P., Calabrese, Erminia ORCID:, Dunkley, J. and Louis, T. 2015. Towards a cosmological neutrino mass detection. Physical Review D 92 (12) , 123535. 10.1103/PhysRevD.92.123535

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Future cosmological measurements should enable the sum of neutrino masses to be determined indirectly through their effects on the expansion rate of the Universe and the clustering of matter. We consider prospects for the gravitationally lensed cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies and baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs) in the galaxy distribution, examining how the projected uncertainty of ≈15 meV on the neutrino mass sum (a 4σ detection of the minimal mass) might be reached over the next decade. The current 1σ uncertainty of ≈103 meV (Planck-2015 þ BAO-15) will be improved by upcoming “Stage-3” (S3) CMB experiments (S3 þ BAO-15∶ 44 meV), then upcoming BAO measurements (S3 þ DESI∶ 22 meV), and planned next-generation “Stage 4” (S4) CMB experiments (S4 þ DESI∶ 15–19 meV, depending on angular range). An improved optical depth measurement is important: the projected neutrino mass uncertainty increases to 26 meV if S4 is limited to l > 20 and combined with current large-scale polarization data. Looking beyond ΛCDM, including curvature uncertainty increases the forecast mass error by ≈50% for S4 þ DESI, and more than doubles the error with a two-parameter dark-energy equation of state. Complementary low-redshift probes including galaxy lensing will play a role in distinguishing between massive neutrinos and a departure from a w ¼ −1, flat geometry.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 1550-7998
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 24 September 2015
Last Modified: 07 May 2023 00:49

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