publication . Preprint . Article . 2021

Measuring Cosmological Distances Using Cluster Edges as a Standard Ruler

Erika L. Wagoner; Eduardo Rozo; Han Aung; Daisuke Nagai;
Open Access English
  • Published: 13 Apr 2021
The line-of-sight velocity dispersion profile of galaxy clusters exhibits a "kink" corresponding to the spatial extent of orbiting galaxies. Because the spatial extent of a cluster is correlated with the amplitude of the velocity dispersion profile, we can utilise this feature as a gravity-calibrated standard ruler. Specifically, the amplitude of the velocity dispersion data allows us to infer the physical cluster size. Consequently, observations of the angular scale of the "kink" in the profile can be translated into a distance measurement to the cluster. Assuming the relation between cluster radius and cluster velocity dispersion can be calibrated from simulations, we forecast that with existing data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) we will be able to measure the Hubble constant with $3\%$ precision. Implementing our method with data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will result in a $1.3\%$ measurement of the Hubble constant. Adding cosmological supernova data improves the uncertainty of the DESI measurement to $0.7\%$.
Comment: 8 pages, 5 figures, to be submitted to MNRAS
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arXiv: Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Galaxy Astrophysics
free text keywords: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics, Space and Planetary Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Standard ruler, Astrophysics, Galaxy, Galaxy cluster, Hubble's law, symbols.namesake, symbols, Cluster (physics), Velocity dispersion, Dark energy, Radius
Funded by
Understanding the Origin of Cosmic Structure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 306478
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
NSF| Collaborative Research: The Dark Energy Survey Data Management Operations
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1138766
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences | Division of Astronomical Sciences
Capitalizing on Gravitational Shear
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 240672
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
Testing the Dark Energy Paradigm and Measuring Neutrino Mass with the Dark Energy Survey
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 291329
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
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