Intrinsic alignment statistics of density and velocity fields at large scales: Formulation, modeling, and baryon acoustic oscillation features
Abstract
The kinematic SunyaevZel'dovich effect enables us to directly probe the densityweighted velocity field up to very large cosmic scales. We investigate the effects of intrinsic alignments (IAs) of darkmatter halo shapes on cosmic density and velocity fields on such large scales. In the literature IAs have been detected up to ̃100 h^{1} Mpc using the gravitational shearintrinsic ellipticity correlation and the alignment correlation function. In this paper we introduce the corresponding various velocity statistics: the (densityweighted) velocityintrinsic ellipticity correlation as well as the alignment pairwise infall momentum, momentum correlation function, and densityweighted pairwise velocity dispersion. We derive theoretical expressions for these velocity alignment statistics for the first time based on the assumption that the density fluctuation is a Gaussian random field. Using largevolume, highresolution N body simulations, we measure the alignment statistics of density and velocity fields. The behaviors of IAs in the velocity statistics are similar to those in the density statistics, except that the halo orientations are aligned with the velocity field up to scales larger than those with the density field, r ≫100 h^{1} Mpc , because of a factor of the wave number in the linear relation between the density and velocity fields in Fourier space, v ∝δ /k . We show that the detected IAs of the velocity field can be well predicted by the linear alignment model. We also demonstrate that the baryon acoustic oscillation features can be detected in both the conventional and alignment velocity statistics. Our results indicate that observations of IAs with the velocity field on large scales can provide additional information on cosmological models, complementary to those with the density field.
 Publication:

Physical Review D
 Pub Date:
 November 2019
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevD.100.103507
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1907.00750
 Bibcode:
 2019PhRvD.100j3507O
 Keywords:

 Astrophysics  Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics;
 Astrophysics  Astrophysics of Galaxies
 EPrint:
 22 pages, 13 figures, 2 tables