Halo mass and weak galaxy-galaxy lensing profiles in rescaled cosmological $N$-body simulations [CEA]


We investigate 3D density and weak lensing profiles of dark matter haloes predicted by a cosmology-rescaling algorithm for $N$-body simulations. We extend the rescaling method of Angulo & White (2010) and Angulo & Hilbert (2015) to improve its performance on intra-halo scales by using models for the concentration-mass-redshift relation based on excursion set theory. The method’s accuracy is tested with numerical simulations carried out with different cosmological parameters. We find that predictions for median density profiles are more accurate than $\sim 5\,\%$ for haloes with masses of $10^{12.0} – 10^{14.5} h^{-1}\,M_{\odot}$ for radii $0.05 < r/r_{200\text{m}} < 0.5$, and for cosmologies with $\Omega_\text{m} \in [0.15,\,0.40]$ and $\sigma_8 \in [0.6,\,1.0]$. For larger radii, $0.5 < r/r_{200\text{m}} < 5$, the accuracy degrades to $\sim20\,\%$, due to inaccurate modelling of the cosmological and redshift dependence of the splashback radius. For changes in cosmology allowed by current data, the residuals decrease to $\lesssim2\,\%$ up to scales twice the virial radius. We illustrate the usefulness of the method by estimating the mean halo mass of a mock galaxy group sample. We find that the algorithm’s accuracy is sufficient for current data. Improvements in the algorithm, particularly in the modelling of baryons, are likely required for interpreting future (dark energy task force stage IV) experiments.

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M. Renneby, S. Hilbert and R. Angulo
Wed, 11 Oct 17

Comments: Submitted to MNRAS. Principal results in figures 10 and 13