The CAMELS Project: Expanding the Galaxy Formation Model Space with New ASTRID and 28-parameter TNG and SIMBA Suites

Yueying Ni*, Shy Genel, Daniel Anglés-Alcázar, Francisco Villaescusa-Navarro, Yongseok Jo, Simeon Bird, Tiziana Di Matteo, Rupert Croft, Nianyi Chen, Natalí S.M. de Santi, Matthew Gebhardt, Helen Shao, Shivam Pandey, Lars Hernquist, Romeel Dave

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We present CAMELS-ASTRID, the third suite of hydrodynamical simulations in the Cosmology and Astrophysics with MachinE Learning (CAMELS) project, along with new simulation sets that extend the model parameter space based on the previous frameworks of CAMELS-TNG and CAMELS-SIMBA, to provide broader training sets and testing grounds for machine-learning algorithms designed for cosmological studies. CAMELS-ASTRID employs the galaxy formation model following the ASTRID simulation and contains 2124 hydrodynamic simulation runs that vary three cosmological parameters (Ωm , σ 8, Ωb ) and four parameters controlling stellar and active galactic nucleus (AGN) feedback. Compared to the existing TNG and SIMBA simulation suites in CAMELS, the fiducial model of ASTRID features the mildest AGN feedback and predicts the least baryonic effect on the matter power spectrum. The training set of ASTRID covers a broader variation in the galaxy populations and the baryonic impact on the matter power spectrum compared to its TNG and SIMBA counterparts, which can make machine-learning models trained on the ASTRID suite exhibit better extrapolation performance when tested on other hydrodynamic simulation sets. We also introduce extension simulation sets in CAMELS that widely explore 28 parameters in the TNG and SIMBA models, demonstrating the enormity of the overall galaxy formation model parameter space and the complex nonlinear interplay between cosmology and astrophysical processes. With the new simulation suites, we show that building robust machine-learning models favors training and testing on the largest possible diversity of galaxy formation models. We also demonstrate that it is possible to train accurate neural networks to infer cosmological parameters using the high-dimensional TNG-SB28 simulation set.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2023

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