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Statistics of cosmic density profiles from perturbation theory

Sandrine Codis


The joint probability distribution function (PDF) of the density within multiple concentric spherical cells is considered. It is shown how its cumulant generating function can be obtained at tree order in perturbation theory as the Legendre transform of a function directly built in terms of the initial moments. In the context of the upcoming generation of large-scale structure surveys, it is conjectured that this result correctly models such a function for finite values of the variance. Detailed consequences of this assumption are explored. In particular the corresponding one-cell density probability distribution at finite variance is computed for realistic power spectra, taking into account its scale variation. It is found to be in agreement with $\Lambda$-CDM simulations at the few percent level for a wide range of density values and parameters. Related explicit analytic expansions at the low and high density tails are given. The conditional (at fixed density) and marginal probability of the slope -- the density difference between adjacent cells -- and its fluctuations is also computed from the two-cells joint PDF; it also compares very well to simulations, in particular in under-dense regions, with a significant reduced cosmic scatter compared to over-dense regions. It is emphasized that this could prove useful when studying the statistical properties of voids as it can serve as a statistical indicator to test gravity models and/or probe key cosmological parameters.

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cea-00979060 , version 1 (15-04-2014)



Francis Bernardeau, Christophe Pichon, Sandrine Codis. Statistics of cosmic density profiles from perturbation theory. 2013. ⟨cea-00979060⟩
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