We investigate the three-point functions of the weak lensing cosmic shear, using both analytic methods and numerical results from N-body simulations. The analytic model, an isolated dark matter halo with a power-law profile chosen to fit the effective index at the scale probed, can be used to understand the basic properties of the eight three-point functions observed in simulations. We use this model to construct a single three-point function estimator that "optimally" combines the eight three-point functions. This new estimator is an alternative to Map statistics and provides up to a factor of two improvement in signal to noise compared to previously used combinations of cosmic shear three-point functions.
- Cosmology: large-scale structure of Universe
- Gravitational lensing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science