Université de GenèveDépartement de Physique ThéoriqueCAP Genève

Cosmological Information in Skew Spectra of Biased Tracers in Redshift Space

23. October 2022
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J. Hou, A. Moradinezhad Dizgah et al [arXiv:2210.12743]
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Extracting the non-Gaussian information encoded in the higher-order clustering statistics of the large-scale structure is key to fully realizing the potential of upcoming galaxy surveys. We investigate the information content of the redshift-space weighted skew spectra of biased tracers as efficient estimators for 3-point clustering statistics. The skew spectra are constructed by correlating the observed galaxy field with an appropriately-weighted square of it. We perform numerical Fisher forecasts using two synthetic datasets; the halo catalogs from the Quijote N-body simulations and the galaxy catalogs from the Molino suite. The latter serves to understand the effect of marginalization over a more complex matter-tracer biasing relation. Compared to the power spectrum multipoles, we show that the skew spectra substantially improve the constraints on six parameters of the nuLambdaΛCDM model, {Omegam,Omegab,h,ns,sigma8,Mnu}. Imposing a small-scale cutoff of kmax=0.25Mpc/h, the improvements from skew spectra alone range from 23% to 62% for the Quijote halos and from 32% to 71% for the Molino galaxies. Compared to the previous analysis of the bispectrum monopole on the same data and using the same range of scales, the skew spectra of Quijote halos provide competitive constraints. Conversely, the skew spectra outperform the bispectrum monopole for all cosmological parameters for the Molino catalogs. This may result from additional anisotropic information, particularly enhanced in the Molino sample, that is captured by the skew spectra but not by the bispectrum monopole. Our stability analysis of the numerical derivatives shows comparable convergence rates for the power spectrum and the skew spectra, indicating potential underestimation of parameter uncertainties by at most 30%..


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