The large-scale 3-point correlation function of the SDSS BOSS DR12 CMASS galaxies

Zachary Slepian, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Florian Beutler, Chia-Hsun Chuang, Antonio J. Cuesta, Jian Ge, Hector Gil Marin, Shirley Ho, Francisco-Shu Kitaura, Cameron K. McBride, Bob Nichol, Will Percival, Sergio Rodríguez-Torres, Ashley Jacob Ross, Roman Scoccimarro, Hee-Jong Seo, Jeremy L. Tinker, Rita Tojeiro, Mariana Vargas Magana

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We report a measurement of the large-scale three-point correlation function of galaxies using the largest data set for this purpose to date, 777 202 luminous red galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Baryon Acoustic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (SDSS BOSS) DR12 CMASS sample. This work exploits the novel algorithm of Slepian & Eisenstein to compute the multipole moments of the 3PCF in O(N 2) time, with N the number of galaxies. Leading-order perturbation theory models the data well in a compressed basis where one triangle side is integrated out. We also present an accurate and computationally efficient means of estimating the covariance matrix. With these techniques, the redshift-space linear and non-linear bias are measured, with 2.6 per cent precision on the former if σ8 is fixed. The data also indicate a 2.8σ preference for the BAO, confirming the presence of BAO in the three-point function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1070–1083
Number of pages14
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Early online date7 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2017


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