The large-scale 3-point correlation function of the SDSS BOSS DR12 CMASS galaxies

Zachary Slepian, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Florian Beutler, Antonio J. Cuesta, Jian Ge, Héctor Gil-Marín, Shirley Ho, Franciso-Shu Kitaura, Cameron K. McBride, Robert C. Nichol, Will J. Percival, Sergio Rodríguez-Torres, Ashley J. Ross, Román Scoccimarro, Hee-Jong Seo, Jeremy Tinker, Rita Tojeiro, Mariana Vargas-Magaña

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We report a measurement of the large-scale 3-point correlation function of galaxies using the largest dataset for this purpose to date, 777, 202 Luminous Red Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Baryon Acoustic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (SDSS BOSS) DR12 CMASS sample. This work exploits the novel algorithm of Slepian & Eisenstein (2015b) to compute the multipole moments of the 3PCF in O(N2) time, with N the number of galaxies. Leading-order perturbation theory models the data well in a compressed basis where one triangle side is integrated out. We also present an accurate and computationally efficient means of estimating the covariance matrix. With these techniques the redshift-space linear and non-linear bias are measured, with 2.6% precision on the former if σ8 is fixed. The data also indicates a 2.8σ preference for the BAO, confirming the presence of BAO in the 3-point function.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArXiv e-prints
Publication statusSubmitted - Dec 2015

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  • Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics

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