skip to main content


Title: Cosmology with photometric weak lensing surveys: Constraints with redshift tomography of convergence peaks and moments

Weak gravitational lensing is becoming a mature technique for constraining cosmological parameters, and future surveys will be able to constrain the dark energy equation of state w. When analyzing galaxy surveys, redshift information has proven to be a valuable addition to angular shear correlations. We forecast parameter constraints on the triplet (Ω m,w,σ 8) for a LSST-like photometric galaxy survey, using tomography of the shear-shear power spectrum, convergence peak counts and higher convergence moments. Here we find that redshift tomography with the power spectrum reduces the area of the 1σ confidence interval in (Ω m,w) space by a factor of 8 with respect to the case of the single highest redshift bin. We also find that adding non-Gaussian information from the peak counts and higher-order moments of the convergence field and its spatial derivatives further reduces the constrained area in (Ω m,w) by factors of 3 and 4, respectively. When we add cosmic microwave background parameter priors from Planck to our analysis, tomography improves power spectrum constraints by a factor of 3. Adding moments yields an improvement by an additional factor of 2, and adding both moments and peaks improves by almost a factor of 3 over power spectrum tomographymore » alone. We evaluate the effect of uncorrected systematic photometric redshift errors on the parameter constraints. In conclusion, we find that different statistics lead to different bias directions in parameter space, suggesting the possibility of eliminating this bias via self-calibration.« less
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics; Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
  3. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Dept. of Astronomy
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010; PRVDAQ; KA2301020
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704; ACI-1053575; AST-1210877; SC00112704
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review D
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2470-0010
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1327931