The Aemulus Project. III. Emulation of the Galaxy Correlation Function
Abstract
Using the Nbody simulations of the AEMULUS Project, we construct an emulator for the nonlinear clustering of galaxies in real and redshift space. We construct our model of galaxy bias using the halo occupation framework, accounting for possible velocity bias. The model includes 15 parameters, including both cosmological and galaxy bias parameters. We demonstrate that our emulator achieves ∼1% precision at the scales of interest, 0.1 h ^{1} Mpc < r < 10 h ^{1} Mpc, and recovers the true cosmology when tested against independent simulations. Our primary parameters of interest are related to the growth rate of structure, f, and its degenerate combination, fσ _{8}. Using this emulator, we show that the constraining power on these parameters monotonically increases as smaller scales are included in the analysis, all the way down to 0.1 h ^{1} Mpc. For a BOSSlike survey, the constraints on fσ _{8} from r < 30 h ^{1} Mpc scales alone are nearly a factor of two tighter than those from the fiducial BOSS analysis of redshiftspace clustering using perturbation theory at larger scales. The combination of real and redshiftspace clustering allows us to break the degeneracy between f and σ _{8}, yielding an 11% constraint on f alone for a BOSSlike analysis. The current AEMULUS simulations limit this model to surveys of massive galaxies. Future simulations will allow this framework to be extended to all galaxy target types, including emissionline galaxies.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal
 Pub Date:
 March 2019
 DOI:
 10.3847/15384357/ab0d7b
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1804.05867
 Bibcode:
 2019ApJ...874...95Z
 Keywords:

 largescale structure of universe;
 methods: numerical;
 methods: statistical;
 Astrophysics  Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics;
 Astrophysics  Astrophysics of Galaxies;
 Astrophysics  Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 14 pages, 8 figures, 1 table