November 27, 2023 to December 1, 2023
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Europe/Paris timezone

Cosmology with Galaxy Photometry Alone

Nov 30, 2023, 5:00 PM
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IAP (Paris) & CCA/Flatiron (New York) IAP 98bis Boulevard Arago 75014 Paris FRANCE CCA/Flatiron 5th Avenue New York (NY) USA
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ChangHoon Hahn (Princeton University)


In this talk I will present the first cosmological constraints from only the observed photometry of galaxies. Villaescusa-Navarro et al. (2022) recently demonstrated that the internal physical properties of a single galaxy contain a significant amount of cosmological information. These physical properties, however, cannot be directly measured from observations. I will present how we can go beyond theoretical demonstrations to infer cosmological constraints from actual galaxy observables (e.g. optical photometry) using neural density estimation and the CAMELS suite of hydrodynamical simulations. We find that the cosmological information in the photometry of a single galaxy is limited. However, we can combine the constraining power of photometry from many galaxies using hierarchical population inference and place significant cosmological constraints. With the observed photometry of $\sim$15,000 NASA-Sloan Atlas galaxies, we constrain $\Omega_m = 0.310^{+0.080}_{-0.098}$ and $\sigma_8 = 0.792^{+0.099}_{-0.090}$.

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ChangHoon Hahn (Princeton University)

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