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Physical Review D 85 (2012) 043016
CMB lensing reconstruction in real space
M. Bucher1, 2, C.S. Carvalho, K. Moodley, M. Remazeilles1, 2

We explore the reconstruction of the gravitational lensing field of the cosmic microwave background in real space. We show that very little statistical information is lost when estimators of short range on the celestial sphere are used in place of the customary estimators in harmonic space, which are nonlocal and in principle require a simultaneous analysis of the entire sky without any cuts or excisions. Because virtually all the information relevant to lensing reconstruction lies on angular scales close to the resolution scale of the sky map, the gravitational lensing convergence and shear fields (which unlike the deflection field or lensing potential are directly related to the observations in a local manner) may be reconstructed by means of quadratic combinations involving only closely separated pixels. Even though harmonic space provides a more natural context for understanding lensing reconstruction theoretically, the real space methods developed here have the virtue of being faster to implement and are likely to prove useful for analyzing realistic maps containing a galactic cut and possibly numerous small excisions to exclude point sources that cannot be reliably subtracted.
1:  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
2:  LPT - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay [Orsay]
APC - Cosmologie et Gravitation
Sciences of the Universe/Astrophysics/Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics

Physics/Astrophysics/Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics
Background radiations
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