Cosmology with the galaxy bispectrum: galaxy bias, redshift-space distortion, and primordial non-Gaussianity

Project: Research project

Project Details


Understanding the growth and evolution of structure in the Universe is a key component of developing an accurate model of the Universe as a whole. In order to do this, large surveys of galaxies are needed. The goal of this research is to develop new analysis/interpretation tools for current and future large-scale cosmological galaxy surveys such as HETDEX (Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment) and eBOSS (Extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey). Broader impacts of the work include training of two graduate students and a postdoc, and development of a new presentation focusing on the large-scale structure of the Universe for the outreach program of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State.

The research will emphasize the galaxy bispectrum, the Fourier transform of the galaxy three-point correlation function, to constrain primordial non-Gaussianity and the non-linear physics of structure growth. Three projects are proposed, including an investigation of the accuracy of theoretical predictions based on many different forms of advanced perturbation theory compared to N-body simulations, a detailed analysis of survey window functions, and analytic approximations for covariance matrices.

Effective start/end date9/1/158/31/19


  • National Science Foundation: $513,695.00


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