Squeezing fNL out of the matter bispectrum with consistency relations

Samuel Goldstein, Angelo Esposito, Oliver H. E. Philcox, Lam Hui, J. Colin Hill, Roman Scoccimarro, Maximilian H. Abitbol

Submitted on 13 September 2022


We show how consistency relations can be used to robustly extract the amplitude of local primordial non-Gaussianity (fNL) from the squeezed limit of the matter bispectrum, well into the non-linear regime. First, we derive a non-perturbative relation between primordial non-Gaussianity and the leading term in the squeezed bispectrum, revising some results present in the literature. This relation is then used to successfully measure fNL from N-body simulations. We discuss the dependence of our results on different scale cuts and redshifts. Specifically, the analysis is strongly dependent on the choice of the smallest soft momentum, qmin, which is the most sensitive to primordial bispectrum contributions, but is largely independent of the choice of the largest hard momentum, kmax, due to the non-Gaussian nature of the covariance. We also show how the constraints on fNL improve at higher redshift, due to a reduced off-diagonal covariance. In particular, for a simulation with fNL=100 and a volume of (2.4 Gpc/h)3, we measure fNL=98±12 at redshift z=0 and fNL=97±8 at z=0.97. Finally, we compare our results with a Fisher forecast, showing that the current version of the analysis is satisfactorily close to the Fisher error. We regard this as a first step towards the realistic application of consistency relations to constrain primordial non-Gaussianity using observations.


Comment: 16 pages, 8 figures

Subjects: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics; General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology; High Energy Physics - Theory