The power spectrum and bispectrum of SDSS DR11 BOSS galaxies II: cosmological interpretation

Héctor Gil-Marín, Licia Verde, Jorge Noreña, Antonio J. Cuesta, Lado Samushia, Will J. Percival, Christian Wagner, Marc Manera, Donald P. Schneider

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We examine the cosmological implications of the measurements of the linear growth rate of cosmological structure obtained in a companion paper from the power spectrum and bispectrum monopoles of the Sloan Digital Sky Survσey III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey Data, Release 11, CMASS galaxies. This measurement was of f0.42σ8, where σ8 is the amplitude of dark matter density fluctuations, and f is the linear growth rate, at the effective redshift of the survey, zeff=0.57. In conjunction with Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) data, interesting constraints can be placed on models with non-standard neutrino properties and models where gravity deviates from general relativity on cosmological scales. In particular, the sum of the masses of the three species of the neutrinos is constrained to mν<0.49eV (at 95per cent confidence level) when the f0.43σ8 measurement is combined with state-of-the-art CMB measurements. Allowing the effective number of neutrinos to vary as a free parameter does not significantly change these results. When we combine the measurement of f0.43σ8 with the complementary measurement of fσ8 from the monopole and quadrupole of the two-point correlation function we are able to obtain an independent measurements of f and σ8. We obtain f=0.63±0.16 and σ8=0.710±0.086 (68 per cent confidence level). This is the first time when these parameters have been able to be measured independently using the redshift-space power spectrum and bispectrum measurements from galaxy clustering data only.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1914-1921
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Early online date15 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2015


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