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Title: Cosmology from cosmic shear with Dark Energy Survey Science Verification data

We present the first constraints on cosmology from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), using weak lensing measurements from the preliminary Science Verification (SV) data. We use 139 square degrees of SV data, which is less than 3% of the full DES survey area. Using cosmic shear 2-point measurements over three redshift bins we find σ 8(m=0.3) 0.5 = 0:81 ± 0:06 (68% confidence), after marginalising over 7 systematics parameters and 3 other cosmological parameters. Furthermore, we examine the robustness of our results to the choice of data vector and systematics assumed, and find them to be stable. About 20% of our error bar comes from marginalising over shear and photometric redshift calibration uncertainties. The current state-of-the-art cosmic shear measurements from CFHTLenS are mildly discrepant with the cosmological constraints from Planck CMB data. Our results are consistent with both datasets. Our uncertainties are ~30% larger than those from CFHTLenS when we carry out a comparable analysis of the two datasets, which we attribute largely to the lower number density of our shear catalogue. We investigate constraints on dark energy and find that, with this small fraction of the full survey, the DES SV constraints make negligible impact on the Planck constraints.more » The moderate disagreement between the CFHTLenS and Planck values of σ 8m=0.3) 0.5 is present regardless of the value of w.« less
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Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
DES-2015-0076; FERMILAB-PUB-15-285-AE; arXiv:1507.05552; BNL-112621-2016-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; PRVDAQ; 1383855
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359; AC02-98CH10886; SC0007901; FG02-91ER40690; SC0012704; AC02-06CH11357; AC02-05CH11231
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25); National Science Foundation (NSF); German Research Foundation (DFG)
Contributing Orgs:
DES; The Dark Energy Survey Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; cosmology: observations; cosmological parameters; gravitational lensing: weak; dark matter; dark energy; large-scale structure of Universe
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1223233; OSTI ID: 1260445; OSTI ID: 1346574; OSTI ID: 1456951