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Optimal redshift weighting for baryon acoustic oscillations

  • Author(s): Zhu, F
  • Padmanabhan, N
  • White, M
  • et al.

© 2015 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. Future baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) surveys will survey very large volumes, covering wide ranges in redshift. We derive a set of redshift weights to compress the information in the redshift direction to a small number of modes. We suggest that such a compression preserves almost all of the signal for most cosmologies, while giving high signal-to-noise measurements for each combination. We present some toy models and simple worked examples. As an intermediate step, we give a precise meaning to the 'effective redshift' of a BAO measurement.

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