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Halo clustering with nonlocal non-Gaussianity

Schmidt, Fabian and Kamionkowski, Marc (2010) Halo clustering with nonlocal non-Gaussianity. Physical Review D, 82 (10). Art. No. 103002. ISSN 1550-7998.

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We show how the peak-background split (PBS) can be generalized to predict the effect of nonlocal primordial non-Gaussianity on the clustering of halos. Our approach is applicable to arbitrary primordial bispectra. We show that the scale dependence of halo clustering predicted in the peak-background split agrees with that of the local-biasing model on large scales. On smaller scales, k ≳ 0:01h Mpc^(-1), the predictions diverge, a consequence of the assumption of separation of scales in the peak-background split. Even on large scales, PBS and local biasing do not generally agree on the amplitude of the effect outside of the high-peak limit. The scale dependence of the biasing—the effect that provides strong constraints to the local-model bispectrum—is far weaker for the equilateral and self-ordering-scalar-field models of non-Gaussianity. The bias scale dependence for the orthogonal and folded models is weaker than in the local model (~k^(-1)), but likely still strong enough to be constraining.We show that departures from scale-invariance of the primordial power spectrum may lead to order-unity corrections, relative to predictions made assuming scale-invariance—to the non-Gaussian bias in some of these nonlocal models for non-Gaussianity. An Appendix shows that a nonlocal model can produce the local-model bispectrum, a mathematical curiosity we uncovered in the course of this investigation.

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Additional Information:© 2010 American Physical Society. Received 6 August 2010; published 5 November 2010. We would like to thank Neal Dalal, Olivier Doré, Lam Hui, Donghui Jeong, Román Scoccimarro, and Sarah Shandera for enlightening discussions. This work was supported by DOE DE-FG03-92-ER40701, NASA NNX10AD04G, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Group:TAPIR, Moore Center for Theoretical Cosmology and Physics
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG03-92-ER40701
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:10
Classification Code:PACS: 95.30.Sf, 95.36.+x, 98.80.-k, 98.80.Jk
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Deposited On:07 Dec 2010 17:35
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