Dark matter and halo bispectrum in redshift space: theory and applications

Hector Gil-Marin, Christian Wagner, Jorge Norena, Licia Verde, Will Percival

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We present a phenomenological modification of the standard perturbation theory prediction for the bispectrum in redshift space that allows us to extend the model to mildly non-linear scales over a wide range of redshifts, z≤1.5. We find that we can describe the bispectrum of dark matter particles with ∼5 accuracy for ki≲0.10h/Mpc at z=0, for ki≲0.15h/Mpc at z=0.5, for ki≲0.17h/Mpc at z=1.0 and for ki≲0.20h/Mpc at z=1.5. We also test that the fitting formula is able to describe with similar accuracy the bispectrum of cosmologies with different Ωm, in the range 0.2≲Ωm≲0.4, and consequently with different values of the logarithmic grow rate f at z=0, 0.4≲f(z=0)≲0.6. We apply this new formula to recover the bias parameters, f and σ8, by combining the redshift space power spectrum monopole and quadrupole with the bispectrum monopole for both dark matter particles and haloes. We find that the combination of these three statistics can break the degeneracy between b1, f and σ8. For dark matter particles the new model can be used to recover f and σ8 with ∼1 accuracy. For dark matter haloes we find that f and σ8 present larger systematic shifts, ∼10. The systematic offsets arise because of limitations in the modelling of the interplay between bias and redshift space distortions, and represent a limitation as the statistical errors of forthcoming surveys reach this level. Conveniently, we find that these residual systematics are mitigated for combinations of parameters. The improvement on the modelling of the bispectrum presented in this paper will be useful for extracting information from current and future galaxy surveys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)029
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number12
Early online date15 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • power spectrum
  • cosmological simulations
  • cosmological parameters from LSS
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/I001204/1


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