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Mapping Growth and Gravity with Robust Redshift Space Distortions

By Juliana Kwan, Geraint F. Lewis and Eric V. Linder

Abstract

Redshift space distortions caused by galaxy peculiar velocities provide a window onto the growth rate of large scale structure and a method for testing general relativity. We investigate through a comparison of N-body simulations to various extensions of perturbation theory beyond the linear regime, the robustness of cosmological parameter extraction, including the gravitational growth index, \gamma. We find that the Kaiser formula and some perturbation theory approaches bias the growth rate by 1-sigma or more relative to the fiducial at scales as large as k > 0.07 h/Mpc. This bias propagates to estimates of the gravitational growth index as well as \Omega_m and the equation of state parameter and presents a significant challenge to modelling redshift space distortions. We also determine an accurate fitting function for a combination of line of sight damping and higher order angular dependence that allows robust modelling of the redshift space power spectrum to substantially higher k.Comment: 15 pages, 10 figures, changed to match version accepted for publication in Ap

Topics: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0004-637X/748/2/78
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1105.1194
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