The complementarity of redshift-space distortions and the integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect: a 3D spherical analysis

C. Shapiro, R. G. Crittenden, W. J. Percival

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Assuming general relativity is correct on large scales, redshift-space distortions (RSDs) and the integrated Sachs–Wolfe effect (ISW) are both sensitive to the time derivative of the linear growth function. We investigate the extent to which these probes provide complementary or redundant information when they are combined to constrain the evolution of the linear velocity power spectrum, often quantified by the function f(z)σ8(z), where f is the logarithmic derivative of σ8 with respect to (1 +z). Using a spherical Fourier–Bessel (SFB) expansion for galaxy number counts and a spherical harmonic expansion for the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy, we compute the covariance matrices of the signals for a large galaxy redshift survey combined with a CMB survey like Planck. The SFB basis allows accurate ISW estimates by avoiding the plane-parallel approximation, and it retains RSD information that is otherwise lost when projecting angular clustering on to redshift shells. It also allows straightforward calculations of covariance with the CMB. We find that the correlation between the ISW and RSD signals is low since the probes are sensitive to different modes. For our default surveys, on large scales (k < 0.05 Mpc h−1), the ISW can improve constraints on fσ8 by more than 10 per cent compared to using RSDs alone. In the future, when precision RSD measurements are available on smaller scales, the cosmological constraints from ISW measurements will not be competitive; however, they will remain a useful consistency test for possible systematic contamination and alternative models of gravity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2341-2350
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date21 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • cosmic background radiation
  • cosmological parameters
  • large-scale structure of Universe


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