Weak lensing of Type Ia Supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey

DES Collaboration, E. Macaulay, D. Bacon, R. C. Nichol, S. Avila

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We consider the effects of weak gravitational lensing on observations of 196 spectroscopically confirmed Type Ia Supernovae (SNe Ia) from years 1 to 3 of the Dark Energy Survey (DES). We simultaneously measure both the angular correlation function and the non-Gaussian skewness caused by weak lensing. This approach has the advantage of being insensitive to the intrinsic dispersion of SNe Ia magnitudes. We model the amplitude of both effects as a function of σ8, and find σ8 =1.2+0.9−0.8⁠. We also apply our method to a subsample of 488 SNe from the Joint Light-curve Analysis (JLA; chosen to match the redshift range we use for this work), and find σ8 =0.8+1.1−0.7⁠. The comparable uncertainty in σ8 between DES–SN and the larger number of SNe from JLA highlights the benefits of homogeneity of the DES–SN sample, and improvements in the calibration and data analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4051-4059
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


  • cosmological parameters
  • cosmology: observations
  • large-scale structure of the universe
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/N000668/1


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