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A unified pseudo-Cℓ framework

Alonso Monge, David ORCID:, Sanchez, Javier and Slosar, Anze 2019. A unified pseudo-Cℓ framework. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 484 (3) , pp. 4127-4151. 10.1093/mnras/stz093

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The pseudo-Cℓ is an algorithm for estimating the angular power and cross-power spectra that is very fast and in realistic cases also nearly optimal. The algorithm can be extended to deal with contaminant deprojection and E/B purification, and can therefore be applied in a wide variety of scenarios of interest for current and future cosmological observations. This paper presents NaMaster, a public, validated, accurate and easy-to-use software package that, for the first time, provides a unified framework to compute angular cross-power spectra of any pair of spin-0 or spin-2 fields, contaminated by an arbitrary number of linear systematics and requiring B- or E-mode purification, both on the sphere or in the flat-sky approximation. We describe the mathematical background of the estimator, including all the features above, and its software implementation in NaMaster. We construct a validation suite that aims to resemble the types of observations that next-generation large-scale structure and ground-based CMB experiments will face, and use it to show that the code is able to recover the input power spectra in the most complex scenarios with no detectable bias. NaMaster can be found at, and is provided with comprehensive documentation and a number of code examples.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 1 January 2019
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 13:58

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