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Modelling galaxy clustering on small scales to tighten constraints on dark energy and modified gravity

Wang, Yun (2017) Modelling galaxy clustering on small scales to tighten constraints on dark energy and modified gravity. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 464 (3). pp. 3005-3012. ISSN 0035-8711. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161128-103916486

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Abstract

We present a new approach to measuring cosmic expansion history and growth rate of large-scale structure using the anisotropic two-dimensional galaxy correlation function (2DCF) measured from data; it makes use of the empirical modelling of small-scale galaxy clustering derived from numerical simulations by Zheng et al. We validate this method using mock catalogues, before applying it to the analysis of the CMASS sample from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 10 of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. We find that this method enables accurate and precise measurements of cosmic expansion history and growth rate of large-scale structure. Modelling the 2DCF fully including non-linear effects and redshift space distortions in the scale range of 16–144 h^(−1) Mpc, we find H(0.57)rs(zd)/c = 0.0459 ± 0.0006, DA(0.57)/rs(zd) = 9.011 ± 0.073, and fg(0.57)σ8(0.57) = 0.476 ± 0.050, which correspond to precisions of 1.3 per cent, 0.8 per cent, and 10.5 per cent, respectively. We have defined rs(zd) to be the sound horizon at the drag epoch computed using a simple integral, fg(z) as the growth rate at redshift z, and σ8(z) as the matter power spectrum normalization on 8 h^(−1) Mpc scale at z. We find that neglecting the small-scale information significantly weakens the constraints on H(z) and DA(z), and leads to a biased estimate of fg(z). Our results indicate that we can significantly tighten constraints on dark energy and modified gravity by reliably modelling small-scale galaxy clustering.


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Alternate Title:Modeling galaxy clustering on small scales to tighten constraints on dark energy and modified gravity
Additional Information:© 2016 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Accepted 2016 October 7. Received 2016 October 3; in original form 2016 June 30; Editorial Decision 2016 October 6. The analysis of the mocks was carried out on the supercomputing clusters at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I am grateful to Chia-Hsun Chuang for sharing the 2DCF of the BOSS DR10 CMASS sample and the 600 mocks, and Alex Merson for helping me make Figs. 1 and 2 using python. Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Energy Office of Science. The SDSS-III website is http://www.sdss3.org/. SDSS-III is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSS-III Collaboration including the University of Arizona, the Brazilian Participation Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Florida, the French Participation Group, the German Participation Group, Harvard University, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Michigan State/Notre Dame/JINA Participation Group, Johns Hopkins University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, New Mexico State University, New York University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the Spanish Participation Group, University of Tokyo, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University.
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Subject Keywords:cosmology: observations, distance scale, large-scale structure of universe
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Official Citation:Yun Wang; Modelling galaxy clustering on small scales to tighten constraints on dark energy and modified gravity. Mon Not R Astron Soc 2017; 464 (3): 3005-3012. doi: 10.1093/mnras/stw2602
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