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Probing Primordial Gravitational Waves: Ali CMB Polarization Telescope

Hong Li; Si-Yu Li; Yang Liu; Yong-Ping Li; Yifu Cai; Mingzhe Li; Gong-Bo Zhao; Cong-Zhan Liu; Zheng-Wei Li; He Xu; Di Wu; Yong-Jie Zhang; Zu-Hui Fan; Yong-Qiang Yao; Chao-Lin Kuo; Fang-Jun Lu; Xinmin ZhangSubjects: Physics >> General Physics: Statistical and Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Information, etc.

In this paper, we will give a general introduction to the project of Ali CMB Polarization Tele-scope (AliCPT), which is a Sino-US joint project led by the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) and has involved many di erent institutes in China. It is the rst ground-based cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization experiment in China and an integral part of China's Gravitational Waves Program. The main scienti c goal of AliCPT project is to probe the primor-dial gravitational waves (PGWs) originated from the very early Universe. The AliCPT project includes two stages. The rst stage referred to as AliCPT-1, is to build a telescope in the Ali region of Tibet with an altitude of 5,250 meters. Once completed, it will be the worldwide highest ground-based CMB observatory and open a new window for probing PGWs in northern hemisphere. AliCPT-1 telescope is designed to have about 7,000 TES detectors at 90GHz and 150GHz. The second stage is to have a more sensitive telescope (AliCPT-2) with the number of detectors more than 20,000. Our simulations show that AliCPT will improve the current constraint on the tensor-to-scalar ratio r by one order of magnitude with 3 years' observation. Besides the PGWs, the AliCPT will also enable a precise measurement on the CMB rotation angle and provide a precise test on the CPT symmetry. We show 3 years' observation will improve the current limit by two order of magnitude. |

Cosmic Reionization Study : Principle Component Analysis After Planck

Yang Liu; Hong Li; Si-Yu Li; Yong-Ping Li; Xinmin ZhangSubjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

The study of reionization history plays an important role in understanding the evolution of our universe. It is commonly believed that the intergalactic medium (IGM) in our universe are fully ionized today, however the reionizing process remains to be mysterious. A simple instantaneous reionization process is usually adopted in modern cosmology without direct observational evidence. However, the history of ionization fraction,?xe(z)?will influence cosmic microwave background (CMB) observables and constraints on optical depth?τ. With the mocked future data sets based on featured reionization model, we find the bias on?τ?introduced by instantaneous model can not be neglected. In this paper, we study the cosmic reionization history in a model independent way, the so called principle component analysis (PCA) method, and reconstruct?xe(z)?at different redshift?z?with the data sets of Planck, WMAP 9 years temperature and polarization power spectra, combining with the baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) from galaxy survey and type Ia supernovae (SN) Union 2.1 sample respectively. The results show that reconstructed?xe(z)?is consistent with instantaneous behavior, however, there exists slight deviation from this behavior at some epoch. With PCA method, after abandoning the noisy modes, we get stronger constraints, and the hints for featured?xe(z)?evolution could become a little more obvious. |

Bounce Inflation Cosmology with Standard Model Higgs Boson

Youping Wan; Taotao Qiu; Fa Peng Huang; Yi-Fu Cai; Hong Li; Xinmin ZhangSubjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

It is of great interest to connect cosmology in the early universe to the Standard Model of particle physics. In this paper, we try to construct a bounce inflation model with the standard model Higgs boson, where the one loop correction is taken into account in the effective potential of Higgs field. In this model, a Galileon term has been introduced to eliminate the ghost mode when bounce happens. Moreover, due to the fact that the Fermion loop correction can make part of the Higgs potential negative, one naturally obtains a large equation of state(EoS) parameter in the contracting phase, which can eliminate the anisotropy problem. After the bounce, the model can drive the universe into the standard higgs inflation phase, which can generate nearly scale-invariant power spectrum. |

Primordial Gravitational Waves Measurements and Anisotropies of CMB Polarization Rotation

SI-YU LI; JUN-QING XIA; MINGZHE LI; HONG LI; XINMIN ZHANGSubjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

Searching for the signal of primordial gravitational waves in the B-modes (BB) power spectrum is one of the key scientific aims of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization experiments. However, this could be easily contaminated by several foreground issues, such as the thermal dust emission. In this paper we study another mechanism, the cosmic birefringence, which can be introduced by a CPT-violating interaction between CMB photons and an external scalar field. Such kind of interaction could give rise to the rotation of the linear polarization state of CMB photons, and consequently induce the CMB BB power spectrum, which could mimic the signal of primordial gravitational waves at large scales. With the recent polarization data of BICEP2 and the joint analysis data of BICEP2/Keck Array and Planck, we perform a global fitting analysis on constraining the tensor-to-scalar ratio爎燽y considering the polarization rotation angle which can be separated into a background isotropic part and a small anisotropic part. Since the data of BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments have already been corrected by using the "self-calibration" method, here we mainly focus on the effects from the anisotropies of CMB polarization rotation angle. We find that including the anisotropies in the analysis could slightly weaken the constraints on爎, when using current CMB polarization measurements. We also simulate the mock CMB data with the BICEP3-like sensitivity. Very interestingly, we find that if the effects of the anisotropic polarization rotation angle can not be taken into account properly in the analysis, the constraints on爎爓ill be dramatically biased. This implies that we need to break the degeneracy between the anisotropies of the CMB polarization rotation angle and the CMB primordial tensor perturbations, in order to measure the signal of primordial gravitational waves accurately. |

Study of $B \to K_0^*(1430)K^(*)$ decays in QCD Factorization Approach

Ying Li; Hong-Yan Zhang; Ye Xing; Zuo-Hong Li; Cai-Dian L╱Subjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

Within the QCD factorization approach, we calculate the branching fractions and?CP?asymmetry parameters of 12?B→K?0(1430)K(?)?decay modes under the assumption that the scalar meson?K?0(1430)?is the first excited state or the lowest lying ground state in the quark model. We find that the decay modes with the scalar meson emitted, have large branching fractions due to the enhancement of large chiral factor?rK?0χ. The branching fractions of decays with the vector meson emitted, become much smaller owing to the smaller factor?rK?χ. Moreover, the annihilation type diagram will induce large uncertainties because of the extra free parameter dealing with the endpoint singularity. For the pure annihilation type decays, our predictions are smaller than that from PQCD approach by 2-3 orders of magnitudes. These results will be tested by the ongoing LHCb experiment, forthcoming Belle-II experiment and the proposing circular electron-positron collider. |

A possible interpretation of the Higgs mass by the cosmological attractive relaxion

Fa Peng Huang; Yifu Cai; Hong Li; Xinmin ZhangSubjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

Recently, a novel idea has been proposed to relax the electroweak hierarchy problem through the cosmological inflation and the axion periotic potential. Here, we further assume that only attractive inflation is needed to explain the light mass of the Higgs boson, where we do not need specified periotic potential of the axion field. Attractive inflation during the early universe drives the Higgs boson mass from the large value in the early universe to the small value at present, and the small Higgs mass can technically origin from the cosmological evolution rather than dynamical symmetry or antropics, where the Higgs mass is an evolving parameter of the Universe. Further, we study the possible collider signals or constraints at future lepton collier and the possible constraints from the muon anomalous magnetic moment. A concrete attractive relaxion model is also discussed, which is consistent with the data of Planck 2015. |

Cosmographic analysis from distance indicator and dynamical redshift drift

Ming-Jian Zhang; Hong Li; Jun-Qing XiaSubjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

Cosmography is a model-independent de 1. To ensure data in the convergence radius, y=z/(1+z) redshift was defined. However, discussions about the usefulness of y-redshift and the leading cause of the issue are commonly absent. In the present paper, we study the cosmography in both z and y redshift using the supernova and mock redshift drift data. By introducing the bias-variance tradeoff, we reveal that the large bias square between cosmography and Union2.1 supernova data is the "chief culprit" of convergence issue. Moreover, expansion up to higher order and introduction of the y-redshift both are not effective to reconcile this contradiction. Minimizing risk, it suggests that Taylor expansion up to the second term is a better choice for available supernova data. Forecast from future supernova data and redshift drift shows that redshift drift can give much tighter constraints on the cosmography. We also investigate the effect of convergence issue on the deceleration parameter and dark energy. It inspires us that dynamical observations including redshift drift can give more detailed information on cosmic evolution |

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