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Volume 380, Number 1, December II 2001
Page(s) 1 - 5
Section Cosmology
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20011284

A&A 380, 1-5 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20011284

Bias in matter power spectra?

M. Douspis1, 2, A. Blanchard1, 3 and J. Silk2

1  Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Unité associée au CNRS, UMR 5572, 14, Av. É. Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
2  Astrophysics, Nuclear and Astrophysics Laboratory, Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3RH, UK
3  Université Louis Pasteur, 4, rue Blaise Pascal, 67000 Strasbourg, France

(Received 22 May 2001 / Accepted 4 September 2001 )

We review the constraints given by the linear matter power spectra data on cosmological and bias parameters, comparing the data from the PSCz survey (Hamilton et al. 2000) and from the matter power spectrum infered by the study of Lyman alpha spectra at z=2.72 (Croft et al. 2000). We consider flat-$\Lambda$ cosmologies, allowing $\Lambda$, H0 and n to vary, and we also let the two ratio factors $r_{\rm pscz}$ and $r_{\rm Lyman}$ ( $r^2_i = \frac{P_{i}(k)}{P_{CMB}(k)}$) vary independently. Using a simple $\chi^2$ minimisation technique, we find confidence intervals on our parameters for each dataset and for a combined analysis. Letting the 5 parameters vary freely gives almost no constraints on cosmology, but the requirement of a universal ratio for both datasets implies unacceptably low values of H0 and $\Lambda$. Adding some reasonable priors on the cosmological parameters demonstrates that the power derived by the PSCz survey is higher by a factor of ~1.75 compared to the power from the Lyman $\alpha$ forest survey.

Key words: cosmology: observations -- cosmology: theory

Offprint request: M. Douspis, Douspis@astro.ox.ac.uk

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