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[0808.0003] Testing cosmological structure formation using

Posted: August 13 2008
by Sarah Bridle
This seems like a really neat result.

Apparently the old way of writing redshift space distortions (Kaiser formula - eqn 10 in this paper) was a good way to write down the redshift space power spectrum compactly. But it makes it look like the only thing you can measure from redshift space power spectra is the parameter \beta \simeq \Omega_m^{0.6} / b, and thus you learn a degenerate combination of cosmology and bias (the 0.6 is replaced by a function of w in dark energy models).

This paper shows that you can actually write things in a different way (e.g. their eqn 12) in which the cosmology and bias parts have different dependencies on the direction in k-space (mu) and thus can be separated.

I think this paper deserves some sort of prize for a very nice result, but also some sort of anti-prize for having the most boring figures ever! We just had a journal club on it at JPL and would have been happy with an even more user-friendly qualitative explanation of the effect, with accompanying figure, e.g. something as a function of mu? and maybe also just show the good old butterfly diagram again? In fact I would still be happy to read a nice paragraph on why this works (no equations).

Finally - the paper makes a bold statement in the abstract, and I am falling for the bait laid out for lensers by quoting it here:
"This places redshift space distortion measurements on the same footing as weak lensing measurements in the sense that they both allow us to test the matter distribution directly."
The qualification in the second half of the sentence is clear, and this paper cannot be expected to do a full analysis of constraints from future surveys. But it will be interesting to see how tight the constraints actually are on the growth rate from future surveys using this method (e.g. as compared to weak lensing).

[0808.0003] Testing cosmological structure formation using r

Posted: August 13 2008
by Niayesh Afshordi
Predictions for future measurements of f\sigma_8 from redshift distortions (as well as current constraints) can be found in Fig.2 of 0807.0810.


Posted: August 19 2008
by Douglas Clowe
Am I correct in reading this paper that their strongest constraints depend on the assumption that the bias is linear? Once that breaks down, they have the relations depend on functions of [tex]k[/tex] and [tex]\mu^2[/tex], but only have limits for those functions.