A unified catalogue-level reanalysis of stage-III cosmic shear surveys

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Cosmological parameter constraints from recent galaxy imaging surveys are reaching percent-level accuracy on the effective amplitude of the lensing signal, S8. The upcoming Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory will produce subpercent level measurements of cosmological parameters, providing a milestone test of the CDM model. To supply guidance to the upcoming LSST analysis, it is important to understand thoroughly the results from different recent galaxy imaging surveys and assess their consistencies. In this work, we perform a unified catalogue-level reanalysis of three cosmic shear data sets: the first year data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES-Y1), the 1000 deg2 data set from the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS-1000), and the first year data from the Hyper Suprime-Cam Subaru Strategic Program (HSC-Y1). We utilize a pipeline developed and rigorously tested by the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration to perform the reanalysis and assess the robustness of the results to analysis choices. We find the S8 constraint to be robust to two different small-scale modelling approaches, and varying choices of cosmological priors. Our unified analysis allows the consistency of the surveys to be rigorously tested, and we find the three surveys to be statistically consistent. Due to the partially overlapping footprint, we model the cross-covariance between KiDS-1000 and HSC-Y1 approximately when combining all three data sets, resulting in a 1.6–1.9 per cent constraint on S8 given different assumptions on the cross-covariance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Longley, EP; Chang, C; Walter, CW; Zuntz, J; Ishak, M; Mandelbaum, R; Miyatake, H; Nicola, A; Pedersen, EM; Pereira, MES; Prat, J; Sánchez, J; Secco, LF; Tröster, T; Troxel, M; Wright, AH

Published Date

  • April 1, 2023

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 520 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 5016 - 5041

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2966

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0035-8711

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/mnras/stad246

Citation Source

  • Scopus