The Peculiar Velocity Correlation Function

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We present an analysis of the two-point peculiar velocity correlation function using data from the CosmicFlows catalogues. The Millennium and MultiDark Planck 2 N-body simulations are used to estimate cosmic variance and uncertainties due to measurement errors. We compare the velocity correlation function to expectations from linear theory to constrain cosmological parameters. Using the maximum likelihood method, we find values of Ωm=0.315+0.205−0.135 and σ8=0.92+0.440−0.295, consistent with the Planck and Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe CMB derived estimates. However, we find that the cosmic variance of the correlation function is large and non-Gaussian distributed, making the peculiar velocity correlation function less than ideal as a probe of large-scale structure.



Cosmology, Nongalactic Astrophysics


Yuyu Wang, Christopher Rooney, Hume A Feldman, Richard Watkins; The peculiar velocity correlation function, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 480, Issue 4, 11 November 2018, Pages 5332–5341,