Volume 429, Number 2, January II 2005
|383 - 398
|Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)
|17 December 2004
Joint cosmological parameters forecast from CFHTLS-cosmic shear and CMB data
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 98 bis boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Departamento de Física, Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
3 Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton NJ 08544, USA
4 Observatoire de Paris, LERMA, 61 avenue de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
Accepted: 23 August 2004
We present a prospective analysis of a combined cosmic shear and cosmic microwave background data sets, focusing on a Canada France Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey (CFHTLS) type lensing survey and the current WMAP-1 year and CBI data. We investigate the parameter degeneracies and error estimates of a seven parameter model, for the lensing alone as well as for the combined experiments. The analysis is performed using a Monte Carlo Markov Chain calculation, allowing for a more realistic estimate of errors and degeneracies than a Fisher matrix approach. After a detailed discussion of the relevant statistical techniques, the set of the most relevant 2 and 3-dimensional lensing contours are given. It is shown that the combined cosmic shear and CMB is particularly efficient to break some parameter degeneracies. The principal component directions are computed and it is found that the most orthogonal contours between the two experiments are for the parameter pairs , and , where ns and are, respectively, the slope of the primordial mass power spectrum and the running of the spectral index. It is shown, under the assumption of perfectely controlled systematics, that an improvement of a factor of 2 is expected on the running of the spectral index from the combined data sets. Forecasts for error improvements from a wide field space telescope lensing survey are also given.
Key words: cosmological parameters / large-scale structure of Universe / gravitational lensing
© ESO, 2005
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