# Why is the CMB power spectrum often plotted as l(l+1) C_l and not only C_L ?

1. May 17, 2012

### Anne-Sylvie

Hello everybody, (sorry for the eventual Engrish)

I can't find any convincing answer for the following question :

Why do we always (or often) plot the CMB power spectrum in this way :
jb.man.ac.uk/research/cosmos/vsa/images/CMB_power_spectrum.gif

I mean the y axis is $$C_\ell \ell (\ell+1)$$ and not only $$C_\ell.$$ Why ?

Thanks for your answer. I already heard that its because of we want show the plateau at low l. But if it is the answer, why is the plateau proportional to $$\ell (\ell +1) ?$$

Thanks :)

2. May 17, 2012

### George Jones

Staff Emeritus
From http://relativity.livingreviews.org/open?pubNo=lrr-1998-11&amp;page=articlesu14.html [Broken]
If a log scale is used for $\ell$, scale invariance is a flat line. Scale invariance is expected at large angular scales (low $\ell$), hence the plateau.

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