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Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: tomographic cross-correlations between Dark Energy Survey galaxies and CMB lensing from South Pole Telescope + Planck

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We measure the cross-correlation between redMaGiC galaxies selected from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) year 1 data and gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) reconstructed from South Pole Telescope (SPT) and Planck data over 1289  deg2. When combining measurements across multiple galaxy redshift bins spanning the redshift range of 0.15<z<0.90, we reject the hypothesis of no correlation at 19.9σ significance. When removing small-scale data points where thermal Sunyaev-Zel’dovich signal and nonlinear galaxy bias could potentially bias our results, the detection significance is reduced to 9.9σ. We perform a joint analysis of galaxy-CMB lensing cross-correlations and galaxy clustering to constrain cosmology, finding Ωm=0.276+0.029−0.030 and S8=σ8√Ωm/0.3=0.800+0.090−0.094. We also perform two alternate analyses aimed at constraining only the growth rate of cosmic structure as a function of redshift, finding consistency with predictions from the concordance ΛCDM model. The measurements presented here are part of a joint cosmological analysis that combines galaxy clustering, galaxy lensing and CMB lensing using data from DES, SPT and Planck.
Original languageEnglish
Article number043501
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


  • PhysRevD.100.043501

    Rights statement: Y. Omori et al. (DES and SPT Collaborations). 'Dark Energy Survey Year 1 Results: Tomographic cross-correlations between Dark Energy Survey galaxies and CMB lensing from South Pole Telescope + Planck.' Physical Review D, 100, 043501. © 2019 American Physical Society. All rights reserved.

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