The clustering of galaxies in the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: measuring structure growth using passive galaxies

Rita Tojeiro, Will Percival, J. Brinkmann, J. Brownstein, D. Eisenstein, Marc Manera, Claudia Maraston, C. McBride, D. Muna, B. Reid, Ashley Ross, N. Ross, Lado Samushia, N. Padmanabhan, D. Schneider, R. Skibba, A. Sanchez, M. Swanson, Daniel Thomas, J. TinkerL. Verde, D. Wake, B. Weaver, Gong-bo Zhao

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Abstract

We explore the benefits of using a passively evolving population of galaxies to measure the evolution of the rate of structure growth between z=0.25 and z=0.65 by combining data from the SDSS-I/II and SDSS-III surveys. The large-scale linear bias of a population of dynamically passive galaxies, which we select from both surveys, is easily modeled. Knowing the bias evolution breaks degeneracies inherent to other methodologies, and decreases the uncertainty in measurements of the rate of structure growth and the normalization of the galaxy power-spectrum by up to a factor of two. If we translate our measurements into a constraint on sigma_8(z=0) assuming a concordance cosmological model and General Relativity (GR), we find that using a bias model improves our uncertainty by a factor of nearly 1.5. Our results are consistent with a flat Lambda Cold Dark Matter model and with GR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2239-2344
Number of pages106
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume424
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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