20-27 July 2011
Alpes Congrès - Alpexpo
Europe/Paris timezone

The Lyman-alpha forest in three dimensions with BOSS

22 Jul 2011, 11:00
Berlioz (Alpes Congrès - Alpexpo)


Alpes Congrès - Alpexpo

Parallel session talk Cosmology and Gravity


Dr Christophe Yeche (IRFU-SPP / CEA-Saclay)


The SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), a five-year spectroscopic survey of 10,000 deg^2, achieved first light in late 2009. One of the key goals of BOSS is to measure the signature of baryon acoustic oscillations in the distribution of Ly-alpha absorption from the spectra of a sample of ~150,000 z>2.2 quasars. Along with measuring the angular diameter distance at z\approx2.5, BOSS will provide the first direct measurement of the expansion rate of the Universe at z > 2. During the first year of the BOSS survey, quasar target selection methods were developed and tested to meet the requirement of delivering at least 15 quasars deg^-2 in this redshift range, out of 40 targets deg^-2. Using a sample of approximately 14,000 z>2.2 quasars observed in this first year of BOSS, we measure the three-dimensional correlation function of absorption in the Lyman-alpha forest. A quadrupole distortion of the redshift-space correlation function by peculiar velocities, the signature of the gravitational instability origin of structure in the Lyman-alpha forest, is detected at high significance. These results set the stage for cosmological parameter determinations from three-dimensional structure in the Lyman-alpha forest, including anticipated constraints on dark energy from baryon acoustic oscillations.

Primary author

Dr Christophe Yeche (IRFU-SPP / CEA-Saclay)

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