We perform cosmological N-body simulations with non-Gaussian initial conditions generated from two independent fields. The dominant contribution to the perturbations comes from a purely Gaussian field, but we allow the second field to have local non-Gaussianity that need not be weak. This scenario allows us to adjust the relative importance of non-Gaussian contributions beyond the skewness, producing a scaling of the higher moments different from (and stronger than) the scaling in the usual single field local ansatz. We compare semi-analytic prescriptions for the non-Gaussian mass function, large scale halo bias, and stochastic bias against the simulation results. We discuss applications of this work to large scale structure measurements that can test a wider range of models for the primordial fluctuations than is usually explored.
Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
- Pub Date:
- June 2014
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- 35 pages, 14 figures, minor corrections and clarifications added to the text to match the JCAP published version