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The clustering of galaxy clusters in cosmological models with non-Gaussian initial conditions: predictions for future surveys

C. Fedeli, L. Moscardini and S. Matarrese

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 397, issue 2, pages 1125-1137
Published in print August 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15042.x
The clustering of galaxy clusters in cosmological models with non-Gaussian initial conditions: predictions for future surveys

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We predict the biasing and clustering properties of galaxy clusters that are expected to be observed in the catalogues produced by two forthcoming X-ray and Sunyaev–Zel'dovich effect surveys. We study a set of flat cosmological models where the primordial density probability distribution shows deviations from Gaussianity in agreement with current observational bounds form the background radiation. We consider both local and equilateral shapes for the primordial bispectrum in non-Gaussian models. The two catalogues investigated are those produced by the eROSITA wide survey and from a survey based on South Pole Telescope observations. It turns out that both the bias and observed power spectrum of galaxy clusters are severely affected in non-Gaussian models with local shape of the primordial bispectrum, especially at large scales. On the other hand, models with equilateral shape of the primordial bispectrum show only a mild effect at all scales, that is difficult to be detected with clustering observations. Between the two catalogues, the one performing better is the eROSITA one, since it contains only the largest masses that are more sensitive to primordial non-Gaussianity.

Keywords: galaxies: clusters: general; cosmology: theory

Journal Article.  8534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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