Sources of contamination to weak lensing tomography: redshift-dependent shear measurement bias

Elisabetta Semboloni, Ismael Tereno, Ludovic van Waerbeke, Catherine Heymans

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Abstract

The current methods available to estimate gravitational shear from astronomical images of galaxies introduce systematic errors which can affect the accuracy of weak lensing cosmological constraints. We study the impact of KSB shape measurement bias on the cosmological interpretation of tomographic two-point weak lensing shear statistics.

We use a set of realistic image simulations produced by the Shear Testing Programme (STEP) collaboration to derive shape measurement bias as a function of redshift. We define biased two-point weak lensing statistics and perform a likelihood analysis for two fiducial surveys. We present a derivation of the covariance matrix for tomography in real space and a fitting formula to calibrate it for non-Gaussianity.

We find the biased aperture mass dispersion is reduced by similar to 20 per cent at redshift similar to 1, and has a shallower scaling with redshift. This effect, if ignored in data analyses, biases Sigma(8) and w(0) estimates by a few per cent. The power of tomography is significantly reduced when marginalizing over a range of realistic shape measurement biases. For a Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey (CFHTLS)-Wide-like survey, [(m), Sigma(8)] confidence regions are degraded by a factor of 2, whereas for a Kilo-Degree Survey (KIDS)-like survey the factor is 3.5. Our results are strictly valid only for KSB methods, but they demonstrate the need to marginalize over a redshift-dependent shape measurement bias in all future cosmological analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-622
Number of pages15
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume397
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009

Keywords

  • gravitational lensing
  • cosmological parameters
  • large-scale structure of the Universe
  • DARK-ENERGY CONSTRAINTS
  • COSMIC SHEAR
  • 2-POINT STATISTICS
  • POWER SPECTRUM
  • VIRMOS-DESCART
  • LEGACY SURVEY
  • CFHTLS-WIDE
  • CALIBRATION
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • ANISOTROPY

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