The WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey: improved distance measurements to z = 1 with reconstruction of the baryonic acoustic feature

Kazin, Eyal A., Koda, Jun, Blake, Chris, Padmanabhan, Nikhil, Brough, Sarah, Colless, Matthew, Contreras, Carlos, Couch, Warrick, Croom, Scott, Croton, Darren J., Davis, Tamara M., Drinkwater, Michael J., Forster, Karl, Gilbank, David, Gladders, Mike, Glazebrook, Karl, Jelliffe, Ben, Jurek, Russell J., Li, I-hui, Madore, Barry, Martin, D. Christopher, Pimbblet, Kevin, Poole, Gregory B., Pracy, Michael, Sharp, Rob, Wisnioski, Emily, Woods, David, Wyder, Ted K. and Yee, H. K. C. (2014) The WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey: improved distance measurements to z = 1 with reconstruction of the baryonic acoustic feature. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 441 4: 3524-3542. doi:10.1093/mnras/stu778

Author Kazin, Eyal A.
Koda, Jun
Blake, Chris
Padmanabhan, Nikhil
Brough, Sarah
Colless, Matthew
Contreras, Carlos
Couch, Warrick
Croom, Scott
Croton, Darren J.
Davis, Tamara M.
Drinkwater, Michael J.
Forster, Karl
Gilbank, David
Gladders, Mike
Glazebrook, Karl
Jelliffe, Ben
Jurek, Russell J.
Li, I-hui
Madore, Barry
Martin, D. Christopher
Pimbblet, Kevin
Poole, Gregory B.
Pracy, Michael
Sharp, Rob
Wisnioski, Emily
Woods, David
Wyder, Ted K.
Yee, H. K. C.
Title The WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey: improved distance measurements to z = 1 with reconstruction of the baryonic acoustic feature
Journal name Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2966
Publication date 2014-07-11
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/mnras/stu778
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 441
Issue 4
Start page 3524
End page 3542
Total pages 19
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We present significant improvements in cosmic distance measurements from the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey, achieved by applying the reconstruction of the baryonic acoustic feature technique. We show using both data and simulations that the reconstruction technique can often be effective despite patchiness of the survey, significant edge effects and shot-noise. We investigate three redshift bins in the redshift range 0.2 < z < 1, and in all three find improvement after reconstruction in the detection of the baryonic acoustic feature and its usage as a standard ruler. We measure model-independent distance measures DV(rsfid /rs) of 1716 ± 83, 2221 ± 101, 2516 ± 86 Mpc (68 per cent CL) at effective redshifts z = 0.44, 0.6, 0.73, respectively, where DV is the volume-averaged distance, and rs is the sound horizon at the end of the baryon drag epoch. These significantly improved 4.8, 4.5 and 3.4 per cent accuracy measurements are equivalent to those expected from surveys with up to 2.5 times the volume of WiggleZ without reconstruction applied. These measurements are fully consistent with cosmologies allowed by the analyses of the Planck Collaboration and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We provide the DV(rsfid /rs) posterior probability distributions and their covariances. When combining these measurements with temperature fluctuations measurements of Planck, the polarization of Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe 9, and the 6dF Galaxy Survey baryonic acoustic feature, we do not detect deviations from a flat Λ cold dark matter (ΛCDM) model. Assuming this model, we constrain the current expansion rate to H0 = 67.15 ± 0.98 km s-1Mpc-1. Allowing the equation of state of dark energy to vary, we obtain wDE =-1.080 ± 0.135. When assuming a curved ΛCDM model we obtain a curvature value of ΩK =-0.0043 ± 0.0047.
Keyword Cosmological parameters
Distance scale
Large-scale structure of the universe
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2014 Kazin et al. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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