Perturbation theory for BAO reconstructed fields: one-loop results in real-space matter density field

Chiaki Hikage, Kazuya Koyama, Alan Heavens

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We compute the power spectrum at one-loop order in standard perturbation theory for the matter density field to which a standard Lagrangian baryonic acoustic oscillation (BAO) reconstruction technique is applied. The BAO reconstruction method corrects the bulk motion associated with the gravitational evolution using the inverse Zel’dovich approximation (ZA) for the smoothed density field. We find that the overall amplitude of one-loop contributions in the matter power spectrum substantially decreases after reconstruction. The reconstructed power spectrum thereby approaches the initial linear spectrum when the smoothed density field is close enough to linear, i.e., the smoothing scale Rs≳10h−1    Mpc. On smaller Rs, however, the deviation from the linear spectrum becomes significant on large scales (k≲R−1s) due to the nonlinearity in the smoothed density field, and the reconstruction is inaccurate. Compared with N-body simulations, we show that the reconstructed power spectrum at one-loop order agrees with simulations better than the unreconstructed power spectrum. We also calculate the tree-level bispectrum in standard perturbation theory to investigate non-Gaussianity in the reconstructed matter density field. We show that the amplitude of the bispectrum significantly decreases for small k after reconstruction and that the tree-level bispectrum agrees well with N-body results in the weakly nonlinear regime.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2017


  • astro-ph.CO
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/N000668/1


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