Cosmic void exclusion models and their impact on the distance scale measurements from large scale structure

Andrei Variu, Cheng Zhao, Daniel Forero-Sánchez, Chia-Hsun Chuang, Francisco-Shu Kitaura, Charling Tao, Amélie Tamone, Jean-Paul Kneib

Submitted on 8 November 2022


Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations (BAOs) studies based on the clustering of voids and matter tracers provide important constraints on cosmological parameters related to the expansion of the Universe. However, modelling the void exclusion effect is an important challenge for fully exploiting the potential of these kind of analyses. We thus develop two numerical methods to describe the clustering of cosmic voids. Neither model requires additional cosmological information beyond that assumed within the galaxy de-wiggled model. The models consist in power spectra whose performance we assess in comparison to a parabolic model on both Patchy boxes and light-cones. Moreover, we test their robustness against systematic effects and the reconstruction technique. The void model power spectra and the parabolic model with a fixed parameter provide strongly correlated values for the Alcock-Paczynski (α) parameter, for boxes and light-cones likewise. The resulting α values - for all three models - are unbiased and their uncertainties are correctly estimated. However, the numerical models show less variation with the fitting range compared to the parabolic one. The Bayesian evidence suggests that the numerical techniques are often favoured compared to the parabolic model. Moreover, the void model power spectra computed on boxes can describe the void clustering from light-cones as well as from boxes. The same void model power spectra can be used for the study of pre- and post-reconstructed data-sets. Lastly, the two numerical techniques are resilient against the studied systematic effects. Consequently, using either of the two new void models, one can more robustly measure cosmological parameters.


Comment: 18 pages, 24 figures

Subject: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics


The NGC footprint of the BOSS DR12 \citep{2015ApJS..219...12A} used to build the \textsc{Patchy} light-cones.