Optimization of spectroscopic surveys for testing non-Gaussianity

Alvise Raccanelli, Olivier Doré, Neal Dalal

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We investigate optimization strategies to measure primordial non-Gaussianity with future spectroscopic surveys. We forecast measurements coming from the 3D galaxy power spectrum and compute constraints on primordial non-Gaussianity parameters fNL and nNG. After studying the dependence on those parameters upon survey specifications such as redshift range, area, number density, we assume a reference mock survey and investigate the trade-off between number density and area surveyed. We then define the observational requirements to reach the detection of fNL of order 1. Our results show that power spectrum constraints on non-Gaussianity from future spectroscopic surveys can improve on current CMB limits, but the multi-tracer technique and higher order correlations will be needed in order to reach an even better precision in the measurements of the non-Gaussianity parameter fNL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number034
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015


  • cosmological parameters from LSS
  • ination
  • physics of the early universe
  • redshift surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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