Journal Article

The power spectrum from the angular distribution of galaxies in the CFHTLS-Wide fields at redshift ∼0.7

B. R. Granett, L. Guzzo, J. Coupon, S. Arnouts, P. Hudelot, O. Ilbert, H. J. McCracken, Y. Mellier, C. Adami, J. Bel, M. Bolzonella, D. Bottini, A. Cappi, O. Cucciati, S. de la Torre, P. Franzetti, A. Fritz, B. Garilli, A. Iovino, J. Krywult, V. Le Brun, O. Le Fevre, D. Maccagni, K. Malek, F. Marulli, B. Meneux, L. Paioro, M. Polletta, A. Pollo, M. Scodeggio, H. Schlagenhaufer, L. Tasca, R. Tojeiro, D. Vergani and A. Zanichelli

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 421, issue 1, pages 251-261
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.20297.x
The power spectrum from the angular distribution of galaxies in the CFHTLS-Wide fields at redshift ∼0.7

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We measure the real-space galaxy power spectrum on large scales at redshifts 0.5–1.2 using optical colour selected samples from the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey. With the redshift distributions measured with a preliminary ∼14 000 spectroscopic redshifts from the VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS), we deproject the angular distribution and directly estimate the three-dimensional power spectrum. We use a maximum likelihood estimator that is optimal for a Gaussian random field giving well-defined window functions and error estimates. This measurement presents an initial look at the large-scale structure field probed by the VIPERS. We measure the galaxy bias of the VIPERS-like sample to be bg= 1.38 ± 0.05 (σ8= 0.8) on scales k < 0.2 h Mpc−1 averaged over 0.5 < z < 1.2. We further investigate three photometric redshift slices, and marginalizing over the bias factors while keeping other Λ cold dark matter parameters fixed, we find the matter density Ωm= 0.30 ± 0.06.

Keywords: methods: statistical; cosmology: observations; large-scale structure of Universe

Journal Article.  7595 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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