Analysing baryon acoustic oscillations in sparse spectroscopic samples via cross-correlation with dense photometry

Citation:

Patej A, Eisenstein DJ. Analysing baryon acoustic oscillations in sparse spectroscopic samples via cross-correlation with dense photometry. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society [Internet]. 2018;477 :5090-5103.

Date Published:

July 1, 2018

Abstract:

We develop a formalism for measuring the cosmological distance scalefrom baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) using the cross-correlation of asparse redshift survey with a denser photometric sample. This reducesthe shot noise that would otherwise affect the autocorrelation of thesparse spectroscopic map. As a proof of principle, we make the firston-sky application of this method to a sparse sample defined as the z> 0.6 tail of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's (SDSS) BOSS/CMASS sampleof galaxies and a dense photometric sample from SDSS DR9. We find a2.8σ preference for the BAO peak in the cross-correlation at aneffective z = 0.64, from which we measure the angular diameter distanceDM(z = 0.64) = (2418 ± 73 Mpc)(rs/rs,fid). Accordingly, we expect that using this method to combinesparse spectroscopy with the deep, high-quality imaging that is just nowbecoming available will enable higher precision BAO measurements thanpossible with the spectroscopy alone.

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