KiDS+GAMA: Cosmology constraints from a joint analysis of cosmic shear, galaxy-galaxy lensing, and angular clustering

Edo van Uitert, Benjamin Joachimi, Shahab Joudaki, Alexandra Amon, Catherine Heymans, Fabian Köhlinger, Marika Asgari, Chris Blake, Ami Choi, Thomas Erben, Daniel J. Farrow, Joachim Harnois-Déraps, Hendrik Hildebrandt, Henk Hoekstra, Thomas D. Kitching, Dominik Klaes, Konrad Kuijken, Julian Merten, Lance Miller, Reiko NakajimaPeter Schneider, Edwin Valentijn, Massimo Viola

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We present cosmological parameter constraints from a joint analysis of three cosmological probes: the tomographic cosmic shear signal in~450 deg2 of data from the Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS), the galaxy-matter cross-correlation signal of galaxies from the Galaxies And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey determined with KiDS weak lensing, and the angular correlation function of the same GAMA galaxies. We use fast power spectrum estimators that are based on simple integrals over the real-space correlation functions, and show that they are practically unbiased over relevant angular frequency ranges. We test our full pipeline on numerical simulations that are tailored to KiDS and retrieve the input cosmology. By fitting different combinations of power spectra, we demonstrate that the three probes are internally consistent. For all probes combined, we obtain S8 ≡ σ8 √ Ωm/0.3 = 0.800-0.027+0.029, consistent with Planck and the fiducial KiDS-450 cosmic shear correlation function results. Marginalizing over wide priors on the mean of the tomographic redshift distributions yields consistent results for S8 with an increase of 28 per cent in the error. The combination of probes results in a 26 per cent reduction in uncertainties of S8 over using the cosmic shear power spectra alone. The main gain from these additional probes comes through their constraining power on nuisance parameters, such as the galaxy intrinsic alignment amplitude or potential shifts in the redshift distributions, which are up to a factor of 2 better constrained compared to using cosmic shear alone, demonstrating the value of large-scale structure probe combination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4662-4689
Number of pages28
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Large-scale structure of Universe
  • Methods: data analysis
  • Methods: statistical


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