Cosmological constraints with weak-lensing peak counts and second-order statistics in a large-field survey


Authors: A. Peel, C.-A. Lin, F. Lanusse, A. Leonard, J.-L. Starck, M. Kilbinger
Journal: A&A
Year: 2017
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Peak statistics in weak lensing maps access the non-Gaussian information contained in the large-scale distribution of matter in the Universe. They are therefore a promising complement to two-point and higher-order statistics to constrain our cosmological models. To prepare for the high-precision data of next-generation surveys, we assess the constraining power of peak counts in a simulated Euclid-like survey on the cosmological parameters Ωm\Omega_\mathrm{m}, σ8\sigma_8, and w0dew_0^\mathrm{de}. In particular, we study how the Camelus model--a fast stochastic algorithm for predicting peaks--can be applied to such large surveys. We measure the peak count abundance in a mock shear catalogue of ~5,000 sq. deg. using a multiscale mass map filtering technique. We then constrain the parameters of the mock survey using Camelus combined with approximate Bayesian computation (ABC). We find that peak statistics yield a tight but significantly biased constraint in the σ8\sigma_8-Ωm\Omega_\mathrm{m} plane, indicating the need to better understand and control the model's systematics. We calibrate the model to remove the bias and compare results to those from the two-point correlation functions (2PCF) measured on the same field. In this case, we find the derived parameter Σ8=σ8(Ωm/0.27)α=0.76−0.03+0.02\Sigma_8=\sigma_8(\Omega_\mathrm{m}/0.27)^\alpha=0.76_{-0.03}^{+0.02} with α=0.65\alpha=0.65 for peaks, while for 2PCF the value is Σ8=0.76−0.01+0.02\Sigma_8=0.76_{-0.01}^{+0.02} with α=0.70\alpha=0.70. We therefore see comparable constraining power between the two probes, and the offset of their σ8\sigma_8-Ωm\Omega_\mathrm{m} degeneracy directions suggests that a combined analysis would yield tighter constraints than either measure alone. As expected, w0dew_0^\mathrm{de} cannot be well constrained without a tomographic analysis, but its degeneracy directions with the other two varied parameters are still clear for both peaks and 2PCF.