The SDSS-IV extended baryon oscillation spectroscopic survey: baryon acoustic oscillations at redshift of 0.72 with the DR14 luminous red galaxy sample

Julian Ernesto Bautista, Mariana Vargas Magana, Kyle S. Dawson, Will Percival, Jon Brinkmann, Joel R. Brownstein, Benjamin Camacho, Johan Comparat, Hector Gil Marin, Eva Mueller, J. Newman, Abhishek Prakash, Ashley Jacob Ross, Donald P. Schneider, Seo Hee-Jong Seo, Jeremy L. Tinker, Rita Tojeiro, Zhongxu Zhai, Gong-Bo Zhao

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Abstract

The extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) Data Release 14 sample includes 80,118 luminous red galaxies (LRGs). By combining these galaxies with the high-redshift tail of the BOSS galaxy sample, we form a sample of LRGs at an effective redshift z = 0.72, covering an effective volume of 0.9 Gpc 3. We account for spurious fluctuations caused by targeting and by redshift failures, which were validated on a set of mock catalogs. This analysis is sufficient to provide a 2.5% measurement of spherically averaged baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO), Mpc, at 2.8σ of significance. Together with the recent quasar-based BAO measurement at z = 1.5 and forthcoming emission line galaxy-based measurements, this measurement demonstrates that eBOSS is fulfilling its remit of extending the range of redshifts covered by such measurements, laying the groundwork for forthcoming surveys such as the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Survey and Euclid.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume863
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/N00180X/1
  • ST/N000668/1

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