The Gravitational ShearIntrinsic Ellipticity Correlation Functions of Luminous Red Galaxies in Observation and in the ΛCDM Model
Abstract
We examine whether the gravitational shearintrinsic ellipticity (GI) correlation function of the luminous red galaxies (LRGs) can be modeled with the distribution function of a misalignment angle advocated recently by Okumura et al. For this purpose, we have accurately measured the GI correlation for the LRGs in the Data Release 6 (DR6) of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), which confirms the results of Hirata et al. who used the DR4 data. By comparing the GI correlation functions in the simulation and in the observation, we find that the GI correlation can be modeled in the current ΛCDM model if the misalignment follows a Gaussian distribution with a zero mean and a typical misalignment angle σ_{θ} = 34.9^{+1.9} _{2.1} degrees. We also find a correlation between the axis ratios and intrinsic alignments of LRGs. This effect should be taken into account in theoretical modeling of the GI and intrinsic ellipticityellipticity correlations for weak lensing surveys.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal
 Pub Date:
 March 2009
 DOI:
 10.1088/0004637X/694/1/L83
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0812.2935
 Bibcode:
 2009ApJ...694L..83O
 Keywords:

 cosmology: observations;
 galaxies: formation;
 galaxies: halos;
 gravitational lensing;
 largescale structure of universe;
 methods: statistical;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 4 pages, 3 figures, minor changes made with respect to published version