The bispectrum of IRAS redshift catalogs

Román Scoccimarro, Hume A. Feldman, J. N. Fry, Joshua A. Frieman

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    We compute the bispectrum for the galaxy distribution in the IRAS QDOT, 2 Jy, and 1.2 Jy redshift catalogs for wavenumbers 0.05 ≤ k ≤ 0.2 h Mpc-1 and compare the results with predictions from gravitational instability in perturbation theory. Taking into account redshift-space distortions, nonlinear evolution, the survey selection function, and discreteness and finite-volume effects, all three catalogs show evidence for the dependence of the bispectrum on the configuration shape predicted by gravitational instability. Assuming Gaussian initial conditions and local biasing parameterized by linear and nonlinear bias parameters b1 and b2, a likelihood analysis yields 1/b1 = 1.32-0.58+0.36, 1.15-0.39+0.39 and b2/b12 = -0.57-0.30+0.45, -0.50-0.51+0.31 for the 2 and 1.2 Jy samples, respectively. This implies that IRAS galaxies trace dark matter increasingly weakly as the density contrast increases, consistent with their being under-represented in clusters. In a model with χ2 non-Gaussian initial conditions, the bispectrum displays an amplitude and scale dependence different from that found in the Gaussian case; if IRAS galaxies do not have bias b1 > 1 at large scales, χ2 non-Gaussian initial conditions are ruled out at the 95% confidence level. The IRAS data do not distinguish between Lagrangian and Eulerian local bias.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)652-664
    Number of pages13
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number2 PART 1
    StatePublished - Jan 10 2001


    • Cosmology: observations
    • Large-scale structure of universe
    • Methods: statistical

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science


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