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Dark Quest. I. Fast and Accurate Emulation of Halo Clustering Statistics and Its Application to Galaxy Clustering

By Takahiro Nishimichi, Masahiro Takada, Ryuichi Takahashi, Ken Osato, Masato Shirasaki, Taira Oogi, Hironao Miyatake, Masamune Oguri, Ryoma Murata, Yosuke Kobayashi and Naoki Yoshida


We perform an ensemble of $N$-body simulations with $2048^3$ particles for 101 flat $w$CDM cosmological models sampled based on a maximin-distance Sliced Latin Hypercube Design. By using the halo catalogs extracted at multiple redshifts in the range of $z=[0,1.48]$, we develop Dark Emulator, which enables fast and accurate computations of the halo mass function, halo-matter cross-correlation, and halo auto-correlation as a function of halo masses, redshift, separations and cosmological models, based on the Principal Component Analysis and the Gaussian Process Regression for the large-dimensional input and output data vector. We assess the performance of the emulator using a validation set of $N$-body simulations that are not used in training the emulator. We show that, for typical halos hosting CMASS galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the emulator predicts the halo-matter cross correlation, relevant for galaxy-galaxy weak lensing, with an accuracy better than $2\%$ and the halo auto-correlation, relevant for galaxy clustering correlation, with an accuracy better than $4\%$. We give several demonstrations of the emulator. It can be used to study properties of halo mass density profiles such as the mass-concentration relation and splashback radius for different cosmologies. The emulator outputs can be combined with an analytical prescription of halo-galaxy connection such as the halo occupation distribution at the equation level, instead of using the mock catalogs, to make accurate predictions of galaxy clustering statistics such as the galaxy-galaxy weak lensing and the projected correlation function for any model within the $w$CDM cosmologies, in a few CPU seconds.Comment: 46 pages, 47 figures; version accepted for publication in Ap

Topics: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
Publisher: 'American Astronomical Society'
Year: 2019
DOI identifier: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab3719
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