Weak lensing of Type Ia Supernovae from the Dark Energy Survey

DES Collaboration

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We consider the effects of weak gravitational lensing on observations of 196 spectroscopically confirmed Type Ia Supernovae (SNe Ia) from years 1 to 3 of the Dark Energy Survey (DES).We simultaneously measure both the angular correlation function and the non-Gaussian skewness caused by weak lensing. This approach has the advantage of being insensitive to the intrinsic dispersion of SNe Ia magnitudes. We model the amplitude of both effects as a function of σ8, and find σ8 =1.2+0.9-0.8. We also apply our method to a subsample of 488 SNe from the Joint Light-curve Analysis (JLA; chosen to match the redshift range we use for this work), and find σ8 =0.8+1.1-0.7. The comparable uncertainty in σ8 between DES-SN and the larger number of SNe from JLA highlights the benefits of homogeneity of the DES-SN sample, and improvements in the calibration and data analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4051-4059
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020


  • Cosmological parameters
  • Cosmology: Observations
  • Large-scale structure of the universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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