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Exploring the redshift-space peculiar velocity field and its power spectrum


Dam, L and Bolejko, K and Lewis, GF, Exploring the redshift-space peculiar velocity field and its power spectrum, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2021 Article 018. ISSN 1475-7516 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2021/09/018


Redshift-space distortions (RSD) generically affect any spatially-dependent observable that is mapped using redshift information. The effect on the observed clustering of galaxies is the primary example of this. This paper is devoted to another example: the effect of RSD on the apparent peculiar motions of tracers as inferred from their positions in redshift space (i.e. the observed distance). Our theoretical study is motivated by practical considerations, mainly, the direct estimation of the velocity power spectrum, which is preferably carried out using the tracer's redshift-space position (so as to avoid uncertainties in distance measurements). We formulate the redshift-space velocity field and show that RSD enters as a higher-order effect. Physically, this effect may be interpreted as a dissipative correction to the usual perfect-fluid description of dark matter. We show that the effect on the power spectrum is a damping on relatively large, quasilinear scales (𝑘 ≳ 0.01 ℎ Mpc-1), as was observed, though unexplained, in N-body simulations elsewhere. This paper presents two power spectrum models for the peculiar velocity field in redshift space, both of which can be considered velocity analogues of existing clustering models. In particular, we show that the "Finger-of-God" effect, while also present in the velocity field, cannot be entirely blamed for the observed damping in simulations. Our work provides some of the missing modelling ingredients required for a density-velocity multi-tracer analysis, which has been proposed for upcoming redshift surveys.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cosmic flows, power spectrum, redshift surveys, galaxy clustering, cosmology
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Bolejko, K (Dr Krzysztof Bolejko)
ID Code:147575
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2021-11-08
Last Modified:2022-03-04

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