ICE-COLA: Fast simulations for weak lensing observables

Albert Izard, Pablo Fosalba, Martin Crocce

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    © 2018 The Author(s). Approximate methods to full N-body simulations provide a fast and accurate solution to the development of mock catalogues for the modelling of galaxy clustering observables. In this paper we extend ICE-COLA, based on an optimized implementation of the approximate COLA method, to produce weak lensing maps and halo catalogues in the light-cone using an integrated and self-consistent approach. We show that despite the approximate dynamics, the catalogues thus produced enable an accurate modelling of weak lensing observables one decade beyond the characteristic scale where the growth becomes non-linear. In particular, we compare ICE-COLA to the MICE Grand Challenge N-body simulation for some fiducial cases representative of upcoming surveys and find that, for sources at redshift z = 1, their convergence power spectra agree to within 1 per cent up to high multipoles (i.e. of order 1000). The corresponding shear two point functions, Ξ+ and Ξ-, yield similar accuracy down to 2 and 20 arcmin respectively, while tangential shear around a z = 0.5 lens sample is accurate down to 4 arcmin. We show that such accuracy is stable against an increased angular resolution of the weak lensing maps. Hence, this opens the possibility of using approximate methods for the joint modelling of galaxy clustering and weak lensing observables and their covariance in ongoing and future galaxy surveys.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3051-3061
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


    • Dark matter
    • Large-scale structure of Universe
    • Methods: numerical


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