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Title: Generating approximate halo catalogues for blind challenges in precision cosmology

Abstract

ABSTRACT We present a method for generating suites of dark matter halo catalogues with only a few N-body simulations, focusing on making small changes to the underlying cosmology of a simulation with high precision. In the context of blind challenges, this allows us to re-use a simulation by giving it a new cosmology after the original cosmology is revealed. Starting with full N-body realizations of an original cosmology and a target cosmology, we fit a transfer function that displaces haloes in the original so that the galaxy/HOD power spectrum matches that of the target cosmology. This measured transfer function can then be applied to a new realization of the original cosmology to create a new realization of the target cosmology. For a 1 per cent change in σ8, we achieve 0.1 per cent accuracy to $$k = 1\, h\, \mathrm{Mpc}^{-1}$$ in the real-space power spectrum; this degrades to 0.3 per cent when the transfer function is applied to a new realization. We achieve similar accuracy in the redshift-space monopole and quadrupole. In all cases, the result is better than the sample variance of our $$1.1\, h^{-1}\, \mathrm{Gpc}$$ simulation boxes.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1]
  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Research Org.:
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1498594
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1612028
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0013718; AST-1313285
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Journal Volume: 485 Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Publisher:
Royal Astronomical Society
Country of Publication:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Subject:
astronomy & astrophysics; methods: numerical; large-scale structure of Universe; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

Citation Formats

Garrison, Lehman H., and Eisenstein, Daniel J. Generating approximate halo catalogues for blind challenges in precision cosmology. United Kingdom: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1093/mnras/stz600.
Garrison, Lehman H., & Eisenstein, Daniel J. Generating approximate halo catalogues for blind challenges in precision cosmology. United Kingdom. doi:10.1093/mnras/stz600.
Garrison, Lehman H., and Eisenstein, Daniel J. Sat . "Generating approximate halo catalogues for blind challenges in precision cosmology". United Kingdom. doi:10.1093/mnras/stz600.
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abstractNote = {ABSTRACT We present a method for generating suites of dark matter halo catalogues with only a few N-body simulations, focusing on making small changes to the underlying cosmology of a simulation with high precision. In the context of blind challenges, this allows us to re-use a simulation by giving it a new cosmology after the original cosmology is revealed. Starting with full N-body realizations of an original cosmology and a target cosmology, we fit a transfer function that displaces haloes in the original so that the galaxy/HOD power spectrum matches that of the target cosmology. This measured transfer function can then be applied to a new realization of the original cosmology to create a new realization of the target cosmology. For a 1 per cent change in σ8, we achieve 0.1 per cent accuracy to $k = 1\, h\, \mathrm{Mpc}^{-1}$ in the real-space power spectrum; this degrades to 0.3 per cent when the transfer function is applied to a new realization. We achieve similar accuracy in the redshift-space monopole and quadrupole. In all cases, the result is better than the sample variance of our $1.1\, h^{-1}\, \mathrm{Gpc}$ simulation boxes.},
doi = {10.1093/mnras/stz600},
journal = {Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
number = 2,
volume = 485,
place = {United Kingdom},
year = {2019},
month = {3}
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