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The clustering of galaxies in the completed SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: theoretical systematics and Baryon Acoustic Oscillations in the galaxy correlation function

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  • Mariana Vargas-Magaña
  • Shirley Ho
  • Antonio J. Cuesta
  • Ross O'Connell
  • Ashley J. Ross
  • Daniel J. Eisenstein
  • Will Percival
  • Jan Niklas Grieb
  • Ariel G. Sánchez
  • Jeremy L. Tinker
  • Rita Tojeiro
  • Chia-Hsun Chuang
  • Francisco-Shu Kitaura
  • Francisco Prada
  • Sergio A. Rodríguez-Torres
  • Graziano Rossi
  • Hee-Jong Seo
  • Joel R. Brownstein
  • Matthew Olmstead
  • Daniel Thomas

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JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018


We investigate the potential sources of theoretical systematics in the anisotropic Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO) distance scale measurements from the clustering of galaxies in configuration space using the final Data Release (DR12) of the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). We perform a detailed study of the impact on BAO measurements from choices in the methodology such as fiducial cosmology, clustering estimators, random catalogues, fitting templates, and covariance matrices. The theoretical systematic uncertainties in BAO parameters are found to be 0.002 in the isotropic dilation $\alpha$ and 0.003 in the quadrupolar dilation $\epsilon$. The leading source of systematic uncertainty is related to the reconstruction techniques. Theoretical uncertainties are sub-dominant compared with the statistical uncertainties for BOSS survey, accounting $0.2\sigma_{stat}$ for $\alpha$ and $0.25\sigma_{stat}$ for $\epsilon$ ($\sigma_{\alpha,stat} \sim$0.010 and $\sigma_{\epsilon,stat}\sim$ 0.012 respectively). We also present BAO-only distance scale constraints from the anisotropic analysis of the correlation function. Our constraints on the angular diameter distance $D_A(z)$ and the Hubble parameter $H(z)$, including both statistical and theoretical systematic uncertainties, are 1.5\% and 2.8\% at $z_{\rm eff}=0.38$, 1.4\% and 2.4\% at $z_{\rm eff}=0.51$, and 1.7\% and 2.6\% at $z_{\rm eff}=0.61$. This paper is part of a set that analyzes the final galaxy clustering dataset from BOSS. The measurements and likelihoods presented here are cross-checked with other BAO analysis in \citet{Acacia16}. The systematic error budget concerning the methodology on post-reconstruction BAO analysis presented here is used in \citet{Acacia16} to produce the final cosmological constraints from BOSS.

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