Emulating power spectra for pre- and post-reconstructed galaxy samples

Yuting Wang, Ruiyang Zhao, Zhongxu Zhai, Kazuya Koyama, Will J. Percival, Hong Guo, Yin Li, Gong-Bo Zhao, Takahiro Nishimichi, Héctor Gil-Marín, Yonghao Feng, Hanyu Zhang, Yi Wu

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The small-scale linear information in galaxy samples typically lost during non-linear growth can be restored to a certain level by the density field reconstruction, which has been demonstrated for improving the precision of the baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) measurements. As proposed in the literature, a joint analysis of the power spectrum before and after the reconstruction enables an efficient extraction of information carried by high-order statistics. However, the statistics of the post-reconstruction density field are difficult to model. In this work, we circumvent this issue by developing an accurate emulator for the pre-reconstructed, post-reconstructed, and cross power spectra (Ppre, Ppost, Pcross) up to k=0.5 h Mpc−1 based on the \textsc{Dark Quest} N-body simulations. The accuracy of the emulator is at percent level, namely, the error of the emulated monopole and quadrupole of the power spectra is less than 1% and 10% of the ground truth, respectively. A fit to an example power spectra using the emulator shows that the constraints on cosmological parameters get largely improved using Ppre+Ppost+Pcross with kmax=0.25 h Mpc−1, compared to that derived from Ppre alone, namely, the constraints on (Ωm, H0, σ8) are tightened by ∼41%−55%, and the uncertainties of the derived BAO and RSD parameters (α⊥, α||, fσ8) shrink by ∼28%−54%, respectively. This highlights the complementarity among Ppre, Ppost and Pcross, which demonstrates the efficiency and practicability of a joint Ppre, Ppost and Pcross analysis for cosmological implications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 24 Feb 2024


  • astro-ph.CO
  • UKRI
  • STFC
  • ST/W001225/1

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