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Cross-correlating Planck tSZ with RCSLenS weak lensing: implications for cosmology and AGN feedback

Hojjati, A, Troster, T, Harnois-Deraps, J, McCarthy, IG, van Waerbeke, L, Choi, A, Erben, T, Heymans, C, Hildebrandt, H, Hinshaw, G, Ma, Y-Z, Miller, L, Viola, M and Tanimura, H (2017) Cross-correlating Planck tSZ with RCSLenS weak lensing: implications for cosmology and AGN feedback. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471 (2). pp. 1565-1580. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present measurements of the spatial mapping between (hot) baryons and the total matter in the Universe, via the cross-correlation between the thermal Sunyaev–Zeldovich (tSZ)map from Planck and the weak gravitational lensing maps from theRed Cluster Sequence Lensing Survey (RCSLenS). The cross-correlations are performed on the map level where all the sources (including diffuse intergalactic gas) contribute to the signal. We consider two configurationspace correlation function estimators, ξ y–κ and ξ y–γt , and a Fourier-space estimator, Cy–κ , in our analysis. We detect a significant correlation out to 3◦ of angular separation on the sky. Based on statistical noise only, we can report 13σ and 17σ detections of the cross-correlation using the configuration-space y–κ and y–γ t estimators, respectively. Including a heuristic estimate of the sampling variance yields a detection significance of 7σ and 8σ, respectively. A similar level of detection is obtained from the Fourier-space estimator, Cy–κ . As each estimator probes different dynamical ranges, their combination improves the significance of the detection. We compare our measurements with predictions from the cosmo-OverWhelmingly Large Simulations suite of cosmological hydrodynamical simulations, where different galactic feedback models are implemented. We find that a model with considerable active galactic nuclei (AGN) feedback that removes large quantities of hot gas from galaxy groups and Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 7-yr best-fitting cosmological parameters provides the bestmatch to the measurements. All baryonic models in the context of a Planck cosmology overpredict the observed signal. Similar cosmological conclusions are drawn when we employ a halo model with the observed ‘universal’ pressure profile.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical And Space Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 10:41
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/mnras/stx1659
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7300
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