Observing Baryon Oscillations with Cosmic Shear

Fergus Simpson

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A cosmic shear survey, spanning a significant proportion of the sky, should greatly improve constraints on a number of cosmological parameters. It also provides a unique opportunity to examine the matter power spectrum directly. However, the observed lensing signal corresponds to a weighted average of the power spectrum across a range of scales, and so the potential to resolve the baryon oscillations has been somewhat neglected. These features originated prior to recombination, induced by the acoustics of the photon-baryon fluid. Recent galaxy surveys have detected the imprints, and in the future such measurements may even be used to refine our understanding of dark energy. Without redshift information, cosmic shear is an ineffective probe of the baryon oscillations. However, by implementing a novel multipole-dependent selection of photometric redshift bins, sensitivity is improved by an order of magnitude, bringing the "wiggles" within reach of future surveys. As an illustration, we show that data from surveys scheduled within the next ten years will be able to distinguish a smoothed power spectrum at the two sigma level.
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JournalAstrophysical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2005


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