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Mock Catalogues for Large Scale Structure Surveys and DESI

SMITH, ALEXANDER,MARK,JOSEPH (2018) Mock Catalogues for Large Scale Structure Surveys and DESI. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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The upcoming Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and Euclid galaxy surveys aim to make the most precise galaxy clustering measurements yet in order to probe the nature of the mysterious dark energy that is thought to make up the majority of the energy density of the Universe today. To reach the required precision, it is essential that the systematics that affect these measurements are understood, which requires realistic mock galaxy catalogues. This thesis focuses on building a mock catalogue for the DESI Bright Galaxy Survey (BGS), and applications of this mock. We outline the methods used to create halo merger trees from N-body and Monte Carlo simulations, which is the first step towards creating a mock catalogue. We show how these methods can be extended beyond ΛCDM to warm dark matter, and show applications. We have developed a halo occupation distribution (HOD) method for creating a BGS mock catalogue from the Millennium-XXL (MXXL) simulation, with galaxies being assigned r-band magnitudes and g-r colours. The mock catalogue is able to reproduce the luminosity function and clustering of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey at different redshifts. The mock is used to quantify incompleteness in the DESI BGS due to fibre assignment, which depends on the surface density of galaxies, and to assess correlation function correction methods. An inverse pair weighting method is able to provide an unbiased correction on all scales. Finally, we show how the HOD methodology can be extended to construct mock catalogues for Euclid, and other large galaxy surveys.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Cosmology, Dark matter, Dark energy, Galaxies, Large scale structure of the Universe
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Science > Physics, Department of
Thesis Date:2018
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:13 Nov 2018 10:08

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