Fast estimation of aperture-mass statistics - II. detectability of higher order statistics in current and future surveys

Porth, Lucas and Smith, Robert E (2021) Fast estimation of aperture-mass statistics - II. detectability of higher order statistics in current and future surveys. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 508 (3). pp. 3474-3494. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We explore an alternative method to the usual shear correlation function approach for the estimation of aperture mass statistics in weak-lensing survey data. Our approach builds on the direct estimator method. In this paper, we extend our analysis to statistics of arbitrary order and to the multiscale aperture mass statistics. We show that there always exists a linear order algorithm to retrieve any of these generalized aperture mass statistics from shape catalogues when the direct estimator approach is adopted. We validate our approach through application to a large number of Gaussian mock-lensing surveys where the true answer is known and we do this up to 10th-order statistics. We then apply our estimators to an ensemble of real-world mock catalogues obtained from N-body simulations – the SLICS mocks, and show that one can expect to retrieve detections of higher order clustering up to fourth order in a KiDS-1000 like survey. We expect that these methods will be of most utility for future wide-field surveys like Euclid and the Rubin Telescope.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2021 06:52
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 07:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/102531

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