The Aemulus Project. III. Emulation of the Galaxy Correlation Function

Zhongxu Zhai, Jeremy L. Tinker, Matthew R. Becker, Joseph Derose, Yao Yuan Mao, Thomas McClintock, Sean McLaughlin, Eduardo Rozo, Risa H. Wechsler

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Using the N-body simulations of the Aemulus ,FProject, 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 ,Fh -1 Mpc < ,Fr ,F< ,F10 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 BOSS-like survey, the constraints on fσ 8 from r ,F< ,F30 h -1 Mpc scales alone are nearly a factor of two tighter than those from the fiducial BOSS analysis of redshift-space clustering using perturbation theory at larger scales. The combination of real- and redshift-space clustering allows us to break the degeneracy between f and σ 8 , yielding an 11% constraint on f alone for a BOSS-like analysis. The current Aemulus ,Fsimulations limit this model to surveys of massive galaxies. Future simulations will allow this framework to be extended to all galaxy target types, including emission-line galaxies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number95
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 20 2019


  • large-scale structure of universe
  • methods: numerical
  • methods: statistical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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