Using Equation (157), the two-point correlation function in the cosmological redshift space, , is computed as
Since and are defined in redshift space, the proper weight should be reduce to
Note that and , defined in and , are related to their comoving counterparts at through Equations (158) and (154), while those in and are not specifically related to any comoving wavenumber and separation. Rather, they correspond to the quantities averaged over the range of satisfying the observable conditions and .
Let us show specific examples of the two-point clustering statistics on a light-cone in cosmological redshift space. We consider SCDM and LCDM models, and take into account the selection functions relevant to the upcoming SDSS spectroscopic samples of galaxies and quasars by adopting the B-band limiting magnitudes of 19 and 20, respectively.
Figure 18 compares the predictions for the angle-averaged (monopole) power spectra under various approximations. The upper and lower panels adopt the selection functions appropriate for galaxies in and QSOs in , respectively. The left and right panels present the results in SCDM and LCDM models. For simplicity we adopt a scale-independent linear bias model :
The upper and lower panels correspond to magnitude-limited samples of galaxies ( in ; no bias model) and QSOs ( in ; Fry’s linear bias model), respectively. We present the results normalized by the real-space power spectrum in linear theory , and , , , and are computed using the nonlinear power spectrum .
Consider first the results for the galaxy sample (upper panels). On linear scales (), plotted in dashed lines is enhanced relative to that in real space, mainly due to a linear redshift-space distortion (the Kaiser factor in Equation (131)). For nonlinear scales, the nonlinear gravitational evolution increases the power spectrum in real space, while the finger-of-God effect suppresses that in redshift space. Thus, the net result is sensitive to the shape and the amplitude of the fluctuation spectrum, itself; in the LCDM model that we adopted, the nonlinear gravitational growth in real space is stronger than the suppression due to the finger-of-God effect. Thus, becomes larger than its real-space counterpart in linear theory. In the SCDM model, however, this is opposite and becomes smaller.
The power spectra at (dash-dotted lines) are smaller than those at by the corresponding growth factor of the fluctuations, and one might expect that the amplitude of the power spectra on the light-cone (solid lines) would be in-between the two. While this is correct, if we use the comoving wavenumber, the actual observation on the light-cone in the cosmological redshift space should be expressed in terms of (see Equation (158)). If we plot the power spectra at taking into account the geometrical distortion, in the dotted lines becomes significantly larger than . Therefore, should take a value between those of and . This explains the qualitative features shown in the upper panels of Figure 18. As a result, both the cosmological redshift-space distortion and the light-cone effect substantially change the predicted shape and amplitude of the power spectra, even for the galaxy sample . The results for the QSO sample can be basically understood in a similar manner, except that the evolution of the bias makes a significant difference, since the sample extends to much higher redshifts.
Figure 19 shows the results for the angle-averaged (monopole) two-point correlation functions, exactly corresponding to those in Figure 18. The results in this figure can also be understood by an analogy of those presented in Figure 18 at . Unlike the power spectra, however, two-point correlation functions are not positive definite. The funny features in Figure 19 on scales larger than () in SCDM (LCDM) originate from the fact that becomes negative there.
In fact, since the resulting predictions are sensitive to the bias, which is unlikely to quantitatively be specified by theory, the present methodology will find two completely different applications. For relatively shallower catalogues, like galaxy samples, the evolution of bias is not supposed to be so strong. Thus, one may estimate the cosmological parameters from the observed degree of the redshift distortion, as has been conducted conventionally. Most importantly, we can correct for the systematics due to the light-cone and geometrical distortion effects, which affect the estimate of the parameters by 10%. Alternatively, for deeper catalogues like high-redshift quasar samples, one can extract information on the object-dependent bias only by correcting the observed data on the basis of our formulae.
In a sense, the former approach uses the light-cone and geometrical distortion effects as real cosmological signals, while the latter regards them as inevitable, but physically removable, noise. In both cases, the present methodology is important in properly interpreting the observations of the Universe at high redshifts.
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