Wide-area tomography of CMB lensing and the growth of cosmological density fluctuations

J. A. Peacock*, M. Bilicki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

We describe a tomographic dissection of the Planck CMB lensing data, cross-correlating this map with galaxies in different ranges of photometric redshift. We use the nearly all-sky 2MPZ and WISE×SCOS catalogues for z < 0.35, extending to z < 0.6 using SDSS. We describe checks for consistency between the different data sets, and perform a test for possible leakage of thermal Sunyaev-Zel'dovich signal into our cross-correlation measurements. The amplitude of the cross-correlation allows us to estimate the evolution of density fluctuations as a function of redshift, thus providing a test of theories of modified gravity. Assuming the common parametrization for the logarithmic growth rate, fg = Ωm(z)γ, we infer γ = 0.77 ± 0.18 when Ωm is fixed using external data. Thus CMB lensing tomography is currently consistent with Einstein gravity, where γ = 0.55 is expected.We discuss how such constraints may be expected to improve with future data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1148
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Early online date23 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Cosmic background radiation
  • Large-scale structure of Universe


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