Quantifying the redshift space distortion of the bispectrum I: Primordial non-Gaussianity

Somnath Bharadwaj, Arindam Mazumdar, Debanjan Sarkar

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The anisotropy of the redshift space bispectrum contains awealth of cosmological information. This anisotropy depends on the orientation of three vectors k1, k2, k3 with respect to the line of sight. Here, we have decomposed the redshift space bispectrum in spherical harmonics which completely quantify this anisotropy. To illustrate this, we consider linear redshift space distortion of the bispectrum arising from primordial non-Gaussianity. In the plane-parallel approximation, only the first four even ℓ multipoles have non-zero values, and we present explicit analytical expressions for all the non-zero multipoles, that is, upto ℓ = 6 and m = 4. The ratio of the different multipole moments to the real-space bispectrum depends only on β1 the linear redshift distortion parameter and the shape of the triangle. Considering triangles of all possible shapes, we have studied how this ratio depends on the shape of the triangle for β1 = 1. We have also studied the β1 dependence for some of the extreme triangle shapes. If measured in future, these multipole moments hold the potential of constraining β1. The results presented here are also important if one wishes to constrain fNL using redshift surveys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-602
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmology: theory
  • Large-scale structure of Universe
  • Methods: statistical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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