KiDS+2dFLenS+GAMA: testing the cosmological model with the EG statistic

Amon, A, Blake, C, Heymans, C, Leonard, C D, Asgari, M, Bilicki, M, Choi, A, Erben, T, Glazebrook, K, Harnois-Déraps, J, Hildebrandt, H, Hoekstra, H, Joachimi, B, Joudaki, S, Kuijken, K, Lidman, C, Loveday, J, Parkinson, D, Valentijn, E A and Wolf, C (2018) KiDS+2dFLenS+GAMA: testing the cosmological model with the EG statistic. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479 (3). pp. 3422-3437. ISSN 0035-8711

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We present a new measurement of EG, which combines measurements of weak gravitational lensing, galaxy clustering, and redshift-space distortions. This statistic was proposed as a consistency test of General Relativity (GR) that is insensitive to linear, deterministic galaxy bias, and the matter clustering amplitude. We combine deep imaging data from KiDS with overlapping spectroscopy from 2dFLenS, BOSS DR12, and GAMA and find EG(z = 0.267) = 0.43 ± 0.13 (GAMA), EG(z = 0.305) = 0.27 ± 0.08 (LOWZ+2dFLOZ), and EG(z = 0.554) = 0.26 ± 0.07 (CMASS+2dFHIZ). We demonstrate that the existing tension in the value of the matter density parameter hinders the robustness of this statistic as solely a test of GR. We find that our EG measurements, as well as existing ones in the literature, favour a lower matter density cosmology than the cosmic microwave background. For a flat CDM Universe, we find m(z = 0) = 0.25 ± 0.03. With this paper, we publicly release the 2dFLenS data set at:

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Astronomy Centre
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Alice Jackson
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 14:19
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 14:21

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