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Smith, R E; Desjacques, V; Marian, L (2011). Nonlinear clustering in models with primordial non-Gaussianity: The halo model approach. Physical Review D, 83(4):043526.

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We develop the halo model of large-scale structure as an accurate tool for probing primordial non-Gaussianity. In this study we focus on understanding the matter clustering at several redshifts in the context of primordial non-Gaussianity that is a quadratic correction to the local Gaussian potential, characterized by the parameter fNL. In our formulation of the halo model we pay special attention to the effect of halo exclusion and show that this can potentially solve the long-standing problem of excess power on large scales in this model. The halo model depends on the mass function, clustering of halo centers, and the density profiles. We test these ingredients using a large ensemble of high-resolution Gaussian and non-Gaussian numerical simulations, covering fNL={0,+100,-100}. In particular, we provide a first exploration of how halo density profiles change in the presence of primordial non-Gaussianity. We find that for fNL positive (negative) high-mass haloes have an increased (decreased) core density, so being more (less) concentrated than in the Gaussian case. We also examine the halo bias and show that, if the halo model is correct, then there is a small asymmetry in the scale dependence of the bias on very large scales, which arises because the Gaussian bias must be renormalized. We show that the matter power spectrum is modified by ˜2.5% and ˜3.5% on scales &ktilde;1.0hMpc-1 at z=0 and z=1, respectively. Our halo model calculation reproduces the absolute amplitude to within ≲10% and the ratio of non-Gaussian to Gaussian spectra to within ≲1%. We also measure the matter correlation function and find similarly good levels of agreement between the halo model and the data. We anticipate that this modeling will be useful for constraining fNL from measurements of the shear correlation function in future weak lensing surveys such as Euclid.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute for Computational Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Date:February 2011
Deposited On:19 Feb 2012 12:02
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:55
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1550-7998 (P) 1089-4918 (E)
Additional Information:Publisher’s Note: Nonlinear clustering in models with primordial non-Gaussianity: The halo model approach [Phys. Rev. D 83, 043526 (2011)] Robert E. Smith, Vincent Desjacques, and Laura Marian (Received 3 March 2011; published 11 March 2011) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.83.069901 PACS numbers: 98.80.�k, 99.10.Fg This paper was published online on 24 February 2011 with Fig. 7 being inadvertently replaced by a duplicate of Fig. 6. The paper has been corrected as of 3 March 2011. The figures are correct in the printed version of the journal.
Publisher DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.83.043526
Related URLs:http://arxiv.org/abs/1009.5085

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