Cosmic microwave background (CMB) lensing is a promising, novel way to measure galaxy cluster masses that can be used, e.g. for mass calibration in galaxy cluster counts analyses. Understanding the statistics of the galaxy cluster mass observable obtained with such measurements is essential if their use in subsequent analyses is not to lead to biased results. We study the statistics of a CMB lensing galaxy cluster mass observable for a Planck-like experiment with mock observations obtained from an N-body simulation. We quantify the bias and intrinsic scatter associated with this observable following two different approaches, one in which the signal due to the cluster and nearby correlated large-scale structure is isolated, and another one in which the variation due to uncorrelated large-scale structure is also taken into account. For our first approach, we also quantify deviations from lognormality in the scatter, finding them to have a negligible impact on mass calibration for our Planck-like experiment. We briefly discuss how some of our results change for experiments with higher angular resolution and lower noise levels, such as the current generation of surveys obtained with ground-based, large-aperture telescopes.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- October 2020
- galaxies: clusters: general;
- cosmic background radiation;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics