Optimal redshift weighting for Redshift Space Distortions

Rossana Ruggeri, Will Percival, Héctor Gil-Marín, Fangzhou Zhu, Gong-Bo Zhao, Yuting Wang

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The low statistical errors on cosmological parameters promised by future galaxy surveys will only be realised with the development of new, fast, analysis methods that reduce potential systematic problems to low levels. We present an efficient method for measuring the evolution of the growth of structure using Redshift Space Distortions (RSD), that removes the need to make measurements in redshift shells. We provide sets of galaxy-weights that cover a wide range in redshift, but are optimised to provide differential information about cosmological evolution. These are derived to optimally measure the coefficients of a parameterisation of the redshift-dependent matter density, which provides a framework to measure deviations from the concordance ΛCDM cosmology, allowing for deviations in both geometric and/or growth. We test the robustness of the weights by comparing with alternative schemes and investigate the impact of galaxy bias. We extend the results to measure the combined anisotropic Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO) and RSD signals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2698-2707
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date23 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • astro-ph.CO
  • cosmology: observations
  • large-scale structure of Universe
  • surveys
  • galaxies: statistics
  • cosmological parameters
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/K0090X/1
  • ST/K00283X/1


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