We report the first measurement of the diminutive lensing signal arising from matter underdensities associated with cosmic voids. While undetectable individually, by stacking the weak gravitational shear estimates around 901 voids detected in Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR7 by Sutter et al., we find substantial evidence for a depression of the lensing signal compared to the cosmic mean. This depression is most pronounced at the void radius, in agreement with analytical models of void matter profiles. Even with the largest void sample and imaging survey available today, we cannot put useful constraints on the radial dark matter void profile. We invite independent investigations of our findings by releasing data and analysis code to the public at https://github.com/pmelchior/void-lensing.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- June 2014
- gravitational lensing: weak;
- cosmology: observations;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- 6 pages, 5 figures, as accepted by MNRAS