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KiDS-450: tomographic cross-correlation of galaxy shear with Planck lensing

Harnois-Déraps, J, Tröster, T, Chisari, NE, Heymans, C, van Waerbeke, L, Asgari, M, Bilicki, M, Choi, A, Erben, T, Hildebrandt, H, Hoekstra, H, Joudaki, S, Kuijken, K, Merten, J, Miller, L, Robertson, N, Schneider, P and Viola, M (2017) KiDS-450: tomographic cross-correlation of galaxy shear with Planck lensing. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 471 (2). pp. 1619-1633. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present the tomographic cross-correlation between galaxy lensing measured in the Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS-450) with overlapping lensing measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), as detected by Planck 2015. We compare our joint probe measurement to the theoretical expectation for a flat Λ cold dark matter cosmology, assuming the best-fitting cosmological parameters from the KiDS-450 cosmic shear and Planck CMB analyses. We find that our results are consistent within 1σ with the KiDS-450 cosmology, with an amplitude re-scaling parameter AKiDS = 0.86 ± 0.19. Adopting a Planck cosmology, we find our results are consistent within 2σ, with APlanck = 0.68 ± 0.15. We show that the agreement is improved in both cases when the contamination to the signal by intrinsic galaxy alignments is accounted for, increasing A by ∼0.1. This is the first tomographic analysis of the galaxy lensing – CMB lensing cross-correlation signal, and is based on five photometric redshift bins. We use this measurement as an independent validation of the multiplicative shear calibration and of the calibrated source redshift distribution at high redshifts. We find that constraints on these two quantities are strongly correlated when obtained from this technique, which should therefore not be considered as a stand-alone competitive calibration tool.

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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 (OUP)
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 10:54
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:57
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/mnras/stx1675
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13347
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