Cosmology with the wide-field infrared survey telescope - Synergies with the rubin observatory legacy survey of space and time

Tim Eifler, Melanie Simet, Elisabeth Krause, Christopher Hirata, Hung Jin Huang, Xiao Fang, Vivian Miranda, Rachel Mandelbaum, Cyrille Doux, Chen Heinrich, Eric Huff, Hironao Miyatake, Shoubaneh Hemmati, Jiachuan Xu, Paul Rogozenski, Peter Capak, Ami Choi, Olivier Doré, Bhuvnesh Jain, Mike JarvisNiall MacCrann, Dan Masters, Eduardo Rozo, David N. Spergel, Michael Troxel, Anja von der Linden, Yun Wang, David H. Weinberg, Lukas Wenzl, Hao Yi Wu

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We explore synergies between the space-based Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and the ground-based Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). In particular, we consider a scenario where the currently envisioned survey strategy for WFIRST's High Latitude Survey (HLS), i.e., 2000 deg2 in four narrow photometric bands is altered in favor of a strategy that combines rapid coverage of the LSST area (to full LSST depth) in one band. We find that a 5-month WFIRST survey in the W-band can cover the full LSST survey area providing high-resolution imaging for >95% of the LSST Year 10 gold galaxy sample. We explore a second, more ambitious scenario where WFIRST spends 1.5 years covering the LSST area. For this second scenario we quantify the constraining power on dark energy equation of state parameters from a joint weak lensing and galaxy clustering analysis, and compare it to an LSST-only survey and to the Reference WFIRST HLS survey. Our survey simulations are based on the WFIRST exposure time calculator and redshift distributions from the CANDELS catalog. Our statistical uncertainties account for higher-order correlations of the density field, and we include a wide range of systematic effects, such as uncertainties in shape and redshift measurements, and modeling uncertainties of astrophysical systematics, such as galaxy bias, intrinsic galaxy alignment, and baryonic physics. Assuming the 5-month WFIRST wide scenario, we find a significant increase in constraining power for the joint LSST+WFIRST wide survey compared to LSST Y10 (FoMWwide= 2.4 FoMLSST) and compared to LSST+WFIRST HLS (FoMWwide= 5.5 FoMHLS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Apr 9 2020


  • Cosmological parameters
  • Theory -large-scale structure of the Universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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