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Probing features in the primordial perturbation spectrum with large-scale structure data

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2017-10-30 14:00:00


Benjamin L'Huillier (KASI), Arman Shafieloo (KASI), Dhiraj Kumar Hazra, George F. Smoot, Alexei A. Starobinsky

The form of the primordial power spectrum (PPS) of cosmological scalar (matter density) perturbations is not yet constrained satisfactorily in spite of the tremendous amount of information from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) data. While a smooth power-law-like form of the PPS is consistent with the CMB data, some PPS with small non-smooth features at large scales can also fit the CMB temperature and polarization data with similar statistical evidence. Future CMB surveys cannot help distinguish all such models due to the cosmic variance at large angular scales. In this paper, we study how well we can differentiate between such featured forms of the PPS not otherwise distinguishable using CMB data. We ran 15 N -body DESI-like simulations of these models to explore this approach. Showing that statistics such as the halo mass function and the two-point correlation function are not able to distinguish these models in a DESI-like survey, we advocate to avoid reducing the dimensionality of the problem from 3 to 2 by demonstrating that the use of a simple three- dimensional count-in-cell density field can be much more effective for the purpose of model distinction.

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