We examine the cosmological constraining power from two cross-correlation probes between galaxy and cosmic microwave background (CMB) surveys: the cross-correlation of lens galaxy density with CMB lensing convergence ⟨δgκCMB⟩, and source galaxy weak lensing shear with CMB lensing convergence ⟨γκCMB⟩. These two cross-correlation probes provide an independent cross-check of other large-scale structure constraints and are insensitive to galaxy-only or CMB-only systematic effects. In addition, when combined with other large-scale structure probes, the cross-correlations can break degeneracies in cosmological and nuisance parameters, improving both the precision and robustness of the analysis. In this work, we study how the constraining power of ⟨δgκCMB⟩ + ⟨γκCMB⟩ changes from Stage-III (ongoing) to Stage-IV (future) surveys. Given the flexibility in selecting the lens galaxy sample, we also explore systematically the impact on cosmological constraints when we vary the redshift range and magnitude limit of the lens galaxies using mock galaxy catalogs. We find that in our setup, the contribution to cosmological constraints from ⟨δgκCMB⟩ and ⟨γκCMB⟩ are comparable in the Stage-III data sets; but in Stage-IV surveys, the noise in ⟨δgκCMB⟩ becomes subdominant to cosmic variance, preventing ⟨δgκCMB⟩ to further improve the constraints. This implies that to maximize the cosmological constraints from future ⟨δgκCMB⟩ + ⟨γκCMB⟩ analyses, we should focus more on the requirements on ⟨γκCMB⟩ instead of ⟨δgκCMB⟩. Furthermore, the selection of the lens sample should be optimized in terms of our ability to characterize its redshift or galaxy bias instead of its number density.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- August 2022
- gravitational lensing: weak;
- large-scale structure of Universe;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- 18 pages, 13 figures