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Constraints on Primordial Non-Gaussianity from800 000Photometric Quasars

Boris Leistedt; Hiranya V. Peiris; Nina Roth;
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  • Published: 16 May 2014 Journal: Physical Review Letters, volume 113 (issn: 0031-9007, eissn: 1079-7114, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Physical Society (APS)
We derive robust constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity (PNG) using the clustering of 800,000 photometric quasars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in the redshift range $0.5<z<3.5$. These measurements rely on the novel technique of {\it extended mode projection} to control the impact of spatially-varying systematics in a robust fashion, making use of blind analysis techniques. This allows the accurate measurement of quasar halo bias at the largest scales, while discarding as little as possible of the data. The standard local-type PNG parameters $f_\mathrm{NL}$ and $g_\mathrm{NL}$ both imprint a $k^{-2}$ scale-dependent effect in the bias. Constraining these ...
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arXiv: Astrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
free text keywords: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics, Cosmic microwave background, Astrophysics, Redshift, Supercluster, Observational cosmology, Dark matter halo, Quasar, Physics, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Dark matter
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Understanding the Origin of Cosmic Structure
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 306478
  • Funding stream: FP7 | SP2 | ERC
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