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Bayesian Inference of Cmb Gravitational Lensing


The Planck satellite, along with several ground-based telescopes, has mapped the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at sufficient resolution and signal-to-noise so as to allow a detection of the subtle distortions due to the gravitational influence of the intervening matter distribution. A natural modeling approach is to write a Bayesian hierarchical model for the lensed CMB in terms of the unlensed CMB and the lensing potential. So far there has been no feasible algorithm for inferring the posterior distribution of the lensing potential from the lensed CMB map. We propose a solution that allows efficient Markov Chain Monte Carlo sampling from the joint posterior of the lensing potential and the unlensed CMB map using the Hamiltonian Monte Carlo technique. The main conceptual step in the solution is a re-parameterization of CMB lensing in terms of the lensed CMB and the "inverse lensing" potential. We demonstrate a fast implementation on simulated data, including noise and a sky cut, that uses a further acceleration based on a very mild approximation of the inverse lensing potential. We find that the resulting Markov Chain has short correlation lengths and excellent convergence properties, making it promising for applications to high-resolution CMB data sets in the future.

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hal-01293242 , version 1 (24-03-2016)



Ethan Anderes, Benjamin D. Wandelt, Guilhem Lavaux. Bayesian Inference of Cmb Gravitational Lensing. The Astrophysical Journal, 2015, 808 (2), pp.152 ⟨10.1088/0004-637X/808/2/152⟩. ⟨hal-01293242⟩
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