More out of less: An excess integrated Sachs-Wolfe signal from supervoids mapped out by the Dark Energy Survey

A. Kovács, C. Sánchez, J. García-Bellido, J. Elvin-Poole, N. Hamaus, V. Miranda, S. Nadathur, T. Abbott, F. B. Abdalla, J. Annis, S. Avila, E. Bertin, D. Brooks, D. L. Burke, A. Carnero Rosell, M. Carrasco Kind, J. Carretero, R. Cawthon, M. Crocce, C. CunhaL. N. Da Costa, C. Davis, J. De Vicente, D. Depoy, S. Desai, H. T. Diehl, P. Doel, E. Fernandez, B. Flaugher, P. Fosalba, J. Frieman, E. Gaztañaga, D. Gerdes, R. Gruendl, G. Gutierrez, W. Hartley, D. L. Hollowood, K. Honscheid, B. Hoyle, D. J. James, E. Krause, K. Kuehn, N. Kuropatkin, O. Lahav, M. Lima, M. Maia, M. March, J. Marshall, P. Melchior, F. Menanteau, C. J. Miller, R. Miquel, J. Mohr, A. A. Plazas, K. Romer, E. Rykoff, E. Sanchez, V. Scarpine, R. Schindler, M. Schubnell, I. Sevilla-Noarbe, M. Smith, R. C. Smith, M. Soares-Santos, F. Sobreira, E. Suchyta, M. Swanson, G. Tarle, D. Thomas, V. Vikram, J. Weller

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The largest structures in the cosmic web probe the dynamical nature of dark energy through their integrated Sachs-Wolfe imprints. In the strength of the signal, typical cosmic voids have shown good consistency with expectation A ISW = T data /T theory = 1, given the substantial cosmic variance. Discordantly, large-scale hills in the gravitational potential, or supervoids, have shown excess signals. In this study, we mapped out 87 new supervoids in the total 5000 deg 2 footprint of the Dark Energy Survey at 0.2 < z < 0.9 to probe these anomalous claims. We found an excess imprinted profile with A ISW ‰ 4.1 ± 2.0 amplitude. The combination with independent BOSS data reveals an ISW imprint of supervoids at the 3.3σ significance level with an enhanced A ISW 5.2 ± 1.6 amplitude. The tension with CDM predictions is equivalent to 2.6σ and remains unexplained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5267-5277
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 21 2019


  • cosmic background radiation
  • large-scale structure of Universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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