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We propose a multi-scale edge-detection algorithm to search for the Gott-Kaiser-Stebbins imprints of a cosmic string (CS) network on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) anisotropies. Curvelet decomposition and extended Canny algorithm are used to enhance the
string detectability. Various statistical tools are then applied to quantify the deviation of CMB maps having a cosmic string contribution with respect to pure Gaussian anisotropies of inflationary origin. These statistical measures include the one-point probability density function, the weighted two-point correlation function (TPCF) of the anisotropies, the unweighted TPCF
of the peaks and of the up-crossing map, as well as their
cross-correlation.
We use this algorithm on a hundred of
simulated Nambu-Goto CMB flat sky maps, covering approximately $10\%$ of the sky, and for different string
tensions $G\mu$. On noiseless sky maps with an angular
resolution of $0.9'$, we show that our pipeline detects CSs with $G\mu$ as low as $G\mu\gtrsim 4.3\times 10^{-10}$. At the same resolution, but with a noise level typical to a CMB-S4 phase II experiment, the detection threshold would be to $G\mu\gtrsim 1.2 \times 10^{-7}$.
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