Multi-wavelength spectroscopic probes: prospects for primordial non-Gaussianity and relativistic effects

Jan-Albert Viljoen, José Fonseca, Roy Maartens

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Next-generation cosmological surveys will observe larger cosmic volumes than ever before, enabling us to access information on the primordial Universe, as well as on relativistic effects. We consider forthcoming 21cm intensity mapping surveys (SKAO) and optical galaxy surveys (DESI and Euclid), combining the information via multi-tracer cross-correlations that suppress cosmic variance on ultra-large scales. In order to fully incorporate wide-angle effects and redshift-bin cross-correlations, together with lensing magnification and other relativistic effects, we use the angular power spectra, C (zi,zj). Applying a Fisher analysis, we forecast the expected precision on ƒNL and the detectability of lensing and other relativistic effects. We find that the full combination of two pairs of 21cm and galaxy surveys, one pair at low redshift and one at high redshift, could deliver σ(ƒNL)∼1.5, detect the Doppler effect with a signal-to-noise ratio ∼8 and measure the lensing convergence contribution at ∼2% precision. In a companion paper, we show that the best-fit values of ƒNL and of standard cosmological parameters are significantly biased if the lensing contribution is neglected.
Original languageEnglish
Article number010
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2021


  • UKRI
  • STFC
  • ST/N000550/1
  • ST/P000592/1
  • cosmological parameters from LSS
  • Cosmological perturbation theory in GR and beyond
  • redshift surveys


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