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Volume 423, Number 1, August III 2004
Page(s) 21 - 26
Section Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20040167

A&A 423, 21-26 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20040167

A halo approach to the evaluation of the cross-correlation between the SZ sky and galaxy surveys

Y. Qu and X.-P. Wu

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100012, PR China
    e-mail: quyan@class2.bao.ac.cn

(Received 17 February 2003 / Accepted 19 February 2004 )

Using a purely analytic approach to gaseous and dark matter halos, we study the cross-correlation between the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) sky and galaxy surveys under flat sky approximation, in an attempt to acquire the redshift information of the SZ map. The problem can be greatly simplified when it is noticed that the signals of the SZ-galaxy correlation arise only from hot gas and galaxies inside the same massive halos (i.e. clusters), and that field galaxies make almost no contribution to the cross-correlation. Under the assumption that both the hot gas and galaxies trace the common gravitational potential of dark halos, we calculate the expected cross SZ-galaxy power spectra for the WMAP/Planck SZ maps and the SDSS galaxy sample at small scales 100<l<1000. It turns out, however, that it is not presently feasible to measure such small angular cross power spectra because of the high noise levels at l>400 in the WMAP/Planck experiments. Future SZ observations with better angular resolutions and sufficiently wide sky coverage will be needed if this technique is to be applied for the statistical measurement of the redshift distribution of the SZ sources.

Key words: cosmology: theory -- cosmology: cosmic microwave background -- cosmology: large-scale structure of Universe

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