The full-sky angular bispectrum in redshift space

Enea Di Dio, Ruth Durrer, Roy Maartens, Francesco Montanari, Obinna Umeh

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We compute the redshift-dependent angular bispectrum of galaxy number counts at tree-level, including nonlinear clustering bias and estimating numerically for the first time the effect of redshift space distortions (RSD). We show that for narrow redshift bins the amplitude of nonlinear RSD is comparable with the matter density perturbations. While our numerical results only include terms relevant on sub-horizon scales, the formalism can readily be extended to the full tree-level bispectrum. Our approach does not rely on the flat-sky approximation and it can be easily generalized to different sources by including the appropriate bias expansion. We test the accuracy of Limber approximation for different z-bins. We highlight the subtle but relevant differences in the angular bispectrum of galaxy number counts with respect to CMB, due to the different scale dependence of perturbations. Our formalism can also be directly applied to the angular HI intensity mapping bispectrum.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2019


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


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