We present the clustering of galaxy clusters as a useful addition to the common set of cosmological observables. The clustering of clusters probes the large-scale structure of the Universe, extending galaxy clustering analysis to the high-peak, high-bias regime. Clustering of galaxy clusters complements the traditional cluster number counts and observable–mass relation analyses, significantly improving their constraining power by breaking existing calibration degeneracies. We use the maxBCG galaxy clusters catalogue to constrain cosmological parameters and cross-calibrate the mass–observable relation, using cluster abundances in richness bins and weak-lensing mass estimates. We then add the redshift-space power spectrum of the sample, including an effective modelling of the weakly non-linear contribution and allowing for an arbitrary photometric redshift smoothing. The inclusion of the power spectrum data allows for an improved self-calibration of the scaling relation. We find that the inclusion of the power spectrum typically brings a ∼50 per cent improvement in the errors on the fluctuation amplitude σ8 and the matter density Ωm. Finally, we apply this method to constrain models of the early universe through the amount of primordial non-Gaussianity of the local type, using both the variation in the halo mass function and the variation in the cluster bias. We find a constraint on the amount of skewness fNL = 12 ± 157 (1σ) from the cluster data alone.

Combining clustering and abundances of galaxy clusters to test cosmology and primordial non-Gaussianity

SARTORIS, BARBARA
2013

Abstract

We present the clustering of galaxy clusters as a useful addition to the common set of cosmological observables. The clustering of clusters probes the large-scale structure of the Universe, extending galaxy clustering analysis to the high-peak, high-bias regime. Clustering of galaxy clusters complements the traditional cluster number counts and observable–mass relation analyses, significantly improving their constraining power by breaking existing calibration degeneracies. We use the maxBCG galaxy clusters catalogue to constrain cosmological parameters and cross-calibrate the mass–observable relation, using cluster abundances in richness bins and weak-lensing mass estimates. We then add the redshift-space power spectrum of the sample, including an effective modelling of the weakly non-linear contribution and allowing for an arbitrary photometric redshift smoothing. The inclusion of the power spectrum data allows for an improved self-calibration of the scaling relation. We find that the inclusion of the power spectrum typically brings a ∼50 per cent improvement in the errors on the fluctuation amplitude σ8 and the matter density Ωm. Finally, we apply this method to constrain models of the early universe through the amount of primordial non-Gaussianity of the local type, using both the variation in the halo mass function and the variation in the cluster bias. We find a constraint on the amount of skewness fNL = 12 ± 157 (1σ) from the cluster data alone.
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