Antisymmetric galaxy cross-correlations as a cosmological probe

Liang Dai, Marc Kamionkowski, Ely D. Kovetz, Alvise Raccanelli, Maresuke Shiraishi

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The autocorrelation between two members of a galaxy population is symmetric under the interchange of the two galaxies being correlated. The cross-correlation between two different types of galaxies, separated by a vector r, is not necessarily the same as that for a pair separated by -r. Local anisotropies in the two-point cross-correlation function may thus indicate a specific direction which when mapped as a function of position trace out a vector field. This vector field can then be decomposed into longitudinal and transverse components, and those transverse components written as positive- and negative-helicity components. A locally asymmetric cross-correlation of the longitudinal type arises naturally in halo clustering, even with Gaussian initial conditions, and could be enhanced with local-type non-Gaussianity. Early-Universe scenarios that introduce a vector field may also give rise to such effects. These antisymmetric cross-correlations also provide a new possibility to seek a preferred cosmic direction correlated with the hemispherical power asymmetry in the cosmic microwave background and to seek a preferred location associated with the cosmic microwave background cold spot. New ways to seek cosmic parity breaking are also possible.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023507
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number2
StatePublished - 12 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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