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Detecting the cosmological recombination signal from space

Vincent Desjacques
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Jens Chluba
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Francesco de Bernardis
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Olivier Doré
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Spectral distortions of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) have recently experienced an increased interest. One of the inevitable distortion signals of our cosmological concordance model is created by the cosmological recombination process, just a little before photons last scatter at redshift z ≃ 1100. These cosmological recombination lines, emitted by the hydrogen and helium plasma, should still be observable as tiny deviation from the CMB blackbody spectrum in the cm-dm spectral bands. In this paper, we present a forecast for the detectability of the recombination signal with future satellite experiments. We argue that serious consideration for future CMB experiments in space should be given to probing spectral distortions and, in particular, the recombination line signals. The cosmological recombination radiation not only allows determination of standard cosmological parameters, but also provides a direct observational confirmation for one of the key ingredients of our cosmological model: the cosmological recombination history. We show that, with present technology, such experiments are futuristic but feasible. The potential rewards won by opening this new window to the very early universe could be considerable.
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insu-03644876 , version 1 (28-04-2022)



Vincent Desjacques, Jens Chluba, Joseph Silk, Francesco de Bernardis, Olivier Doré. Detecting the cosmological recombination signal from space. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2015, 451, pp.4460-4470. ⟨10.1093/mnras/stv1291⟩. ⟨insu-03644876⟩
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