Self-Calibrated Cluster Counts as a Probe of Primordial Non-Gaussianity

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We show that the ability to probe primordial non-Gaussianity with cluster counts is drastically improved by adding the excess variance of counts which contains information on the clustering. The conflicting dependences of changing the mass threshold and including primordial non-Gaussianity on the mass function and biasing indicate that the self-calibrated cluster counts well break the degeneracy between primordial non-Gaussianity and the observable-mass relation. Based on the Fisher matrix analysis, we show that the count variance improves constraints on f{sub NL} by more than an order of magnitude. It exhibits little degeneracy with dark energy equation of state. We forecast that ... continued below

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Oguri, Masamune & /KIPAC, Menlo Park May 7, 2009.

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We show that the ability to probe primordial non-Gaussianity with cluster counts is drastically improved by adding the excess variance of counts which contains information on the clustering. The conflicting dependences of changing the mass threshold and including primordial non-Gaussianity on the mass function and biasing indicate that the self-calibrated cluster counts well break the degeneracy between primordial non-Gaussianity and the observable-mass relation. Based on the Fisher matrix analysis, we show that the count variance improves constraints on f{sub NL} by more than an order of magnitude. It exhibits little degeneracy with dark energy equation of state. We forecast that upcoming Hyper Suprime-cam cluster surveys and Dark Energy Survey will constrain primordial non-Gaussianity at the level {sigma}(f{sub NL}) {approx} 8, which is competitive with forecasted constraints from next-generation cosmic microwave background experiments.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-PUB-13606
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.211301 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 952988
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc930525

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Oguri, Masamune & /KIPAC, Menlo Park. Self-Calibrated Cluster Counts as a Probe of Primordial Non-Gaussianity, article, May 7, 2009; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc930525/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.