Constraining the halo bispectrum in real and redshift space from perturbation theory and non-linear stochastic bias

Francisco-Shu Kitaura, Héctor Gil-Marín, Claudia Scoccola, Chia-Hsun Chuang, Volker Müller, Gustavo Yepes, Francisco Prada

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We present a method to produce mock galaxy catalogues with efficient perturbation theory schemes, which match the number density, power spectra and bispectra in real and in redshift space from N-body simulations. The essential contribution of this work is the way in which we constrain the bias parameters in the PATCHY-code. In addition of aiming at reproducing the two-point statistics, we seek the set of bias parameters, which constrain the univariate halo probability distribution function (PDF) encoding higher-order correlation functions. We demonstrate that halo catalogues based on the same underlying dark matter field with a fix halo number density, and accurately matching the power spectrum (within 2%), can lead to very different bispectra depending on the adopted halo bias model. A model ignoring the shape of the halo PDF can lead to deviations up to factors of 2. The catalogues obtained additionally constraining the shape of the halo PDF can significantly lower the discrepancy in the three-point statistics, yielding closely unbiased bispectra both in real and in redshift space; which are in general compatible with those corresponding to an N-body simulation within 10% (deviating at most up to 20%). Our calculations show that the constant linear bias of ~2 for Luminous Red Galaxy (LRG) like galaxies seen in the power spectrum, mainly comes from sampling halos in high density peaks, choosing a high density threshold rather than from a factor multiplying the dark matter density field. Our method contributes towards an efficient modelling of the halo/galaxy distribution required to estimate uncertainties in the clustering measurements from galaxy redshift surveys. We have also demonstrated that it represents a powerful tool to test various bias models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1836-1845
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Early online date29 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2015


  • astro-ph.CO
  • catalogues
  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: statistics
  • large scale structure of Universe
  • RCUK
  • STFC


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