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Halo stochasticity from exclusion and nonlinear clustering


Baldauf, Tobias; Seljak, Uroš; Smith, Robert E; Hamaus, Nico; Desjacques, Vincent (2013). Halo stochasticity from exclusion and nonlinear clustering. Physical Review D (Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology), 88(8):083507.

Abstract

The clustering of galaxies in ongoing and upcoming galaxy surveys contains a wealth of cosmological information, but extracting this information is a non-trivial task since galaxies and their host haloes are stochastic tracers of the matter density field. This stochasticity is usually modeled as Poisson shot noise, which is constant as a function of wavenumber with amplitude given by 1/n, where n is the number density of galaxies. Here we use dark matter haloes in N-body simulations to show evidence for deviations from this simple behaviour and develop models that explain the behaviour of the large scale stochasticity. First, haloes are extended, non-overlapping objects, i.e., their correlation function needs to go to -1 on small scales. This leads to a negative correction to the stochasticity relative to the Poisson value at low wavenumber k, decreasing to zero for wavenumbers large compared to the inverse exclusion scale. Second, haloes show a non-linear enhancement of clustering outside the exclusion scale, leading to a positive stochasticity correction. Both of these effects go to zero for high-k, making the stochasticity scale dependent even for k<0.1 h/Mpc. We show that the corrections in the low-k regime are the same in Eulerian and Lagrangian space, but that the transition scale is pushed to smaller scales for haloes observed at present time, relative to the initial conditions. These corrections vary with halo mass and redshift. We also discuss simple applications of these effects to the galaxy samples with non-vanishing satellite fraction, where the stochasticity can again deviate strongly from the fiducial Poisson expectation. Overall these effects affect the clustering of galaxies at a level of a few percent even on very large scales and need to be modelled properly if we want to extract high precision cosmological information from the upcoming galaxy surveys.

Abstract

The clustering of galaxies in ongoing and upcoming galaxy surveys contains a wealth of cosmological information, but extracting this information is a non-trivial task since galaxies and their host haloes are stochastic tracers of the matter density field. This stochasticity is usually modeled as Poisson shot noise, which is constant as a function of wavenumber with amplitude given by 1/n, where n is the number density of galaxies. Here we use dark matter haloes in N-body simulations to show evidence for deviations from this simple behaviour and develop models that explain the behaviour of the large scale stochasticity. First, haloes are extended, non-overlapping objects, i.e., their correlation function needs to go to -1 on small scales. This leads to a negative correction to the stochasticity relative to the Poisson value at low wavenumber k, decreasing to zero for wavenumbers large compared to the inverse exclusion scale. Second, haloes show a non-linear enhancement of clustering outside the exclusion scale, leading to a positive stochasticity correction. Both of these effects go to zero for high-k, making the stochasticity scale dependent even for k<0.1 h/Mpc. We show that the corrections in the low-k regime are the same in Eulerian and Lagrangian space, but that the transition scale is pushed to smaller scales for haloes observed at present time, relative to the initial conditions. These corrections vary with halo mass and redshift. We also discuss simple applications of these effects to the galaxy samples with non-vanishing satellite fraction, where the stochasticity can again deviate strongly from the fiducial Poisson expectation. Overall these effects affect the clustering of galaxies at a level of a few percent even on very large scales and need to be modelled properly if we want to extract high precision cosmological information from the upcoming galaxy surveys.

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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
Language:English
Date:May 2013
Deposited On:11 Feb 2014 09:37
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:31
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1550-2368
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.88.083507

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