TY - JOUR

T1 - Primordial non-Gaussianity and the statistics of weak lensing and other projected density fields

AU - Jeong, Donghui

AU - Schmidt, Fabian

AU - Sefusatti, Emiliano

PY - 2011/6/15

Y1 - 2011/6/15

N2 - Estimators for weak lensing observables such as shear and convergence generally have nonlinear corrections, which, in principle, make weak lensing power spectra sensitive to primordial non-Gaussianity. In this paper, we quantitatively evaluate these contributions for weak lensing autocorrelation and cross-correlation power spectra, and show that they are strongly suppressed by projection effects. This is a consequence of the central limit theorem, which suppresses departures from Gaussianity when the projection reaches over several correlation lengths of the density field, LP∼55Mpc/h. Furthermore, the typical scales that contribute to projected bispectra are generally smaller than those that contribute to projected power spectra. Neither of these effects is specific to lensing; thus they affect the statistics of nonlinear tracers (e.g., peaks) of any projected density field. Therefore, the clustering of biased tracers of the three-dimensional density field is generically more sensitive to non-Gaussianity than observables constructed from projected density fields.

AB - Estimators for weak lensing observables such as shear and convergence generally have nonlinear corrections, which, in principle, make weak lensing power spectra sensitive to primordial non-Gaussianity. In this paper, we quantitatively evaluate these contributions for weak lensing autocorrelation and cross-correlation power spectra, and show that they are strongly suppressed by projection effects. This is a consequence of the central limit theorem, which suppresses departures from Gaussianity when the projection reaches over several correlation lengths of the density field, LP∼55Mpc/h. Furthermore, the typical scales that contribute to projected bispectra are generally smaller than those that contribute to projected power spectra. Neither of these effects is specific to lensing; thus they affect the statistics of nonlinear tracers (e.g., peaks) of any projected density field. Therefore, the clustering of biased tracers of the three-dimensional density field is generically more sensitive to non-Gaussianity than observables constructed from projected density fields.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevD.83.123005

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevD.83.123005

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:79960812352

SN - 1550-7998

VL - 83

JO - Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology

JF - Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology

IS - 12

M1 - 123005

ER -