26. June 2018
K. Ali, D. Obreschkow, C. Howlett, C. Bonvin, C. Llinares, F. O. Franco, Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 479, 2743 (2018)
Most statistical inference from cosmic large-scale structure relies on two-point statistics, i.e.\ on the galaxy-galaxy correlation function (2PCF) or the power spectrum. These statistics capture the full information encoded in the Fourier amplitudes of the galaxy density field but do not describe the Fourier phases of the field. Here, we quantify the information contained in the line correlation function (LCF), a three-point Fourier phase correlation function. Using cosmological simulations, we estimate the Fisher information (at redshift z=0) of the 2PCF, LCF and their combination, regarding the cosmological parameters of the standard ΛCDM model, as well as a Warm Dark Matter (WDM) model and the f(R) and Symmetron modified gravity models. The galaxy bias is accounted for at the level of a linear bias. The relative information of the 2PCF and the LCF depends on the survey volume, sampling density (shot noise) and the bias uncertainty. For a volume of 1h−3Gpc3, sampled with points of mean density n¯=2×10−3h3 Mpc−3 and a bias uncertainty of 13\%, the LCF improves the parameter constraints by about 20\% in the ΛCDM cosmology and potentially even more in alternative models. Finally, since a linear bias only affects the Fourier amplitudes (2PCF), but not the phases (LCF), the combination of the 2PCF and the LCF can be used to break the degeneracy between the linear bias and σ8, present in 2-point statistics.