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Astronomy and Astrophysics 410 (2003) 767-776
On the angular correlation function of SZ clusters: - Extracting cosmological information from a 2D catalog
S. Mei1, J.G. Bartlett2

We discuss the angular correlation function of Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ)-detected galaxy clusters as a cosmological probe. As a projection of the real-space cluster correlation function, the angular function samples the underlying SZ catalog redshift distribution. It offers a way to study cosmology and cluster evolution directly with the two-dimensional catalog, even before extensive follow-up observations, thereby facilitating the immediate scientific return from SZ surveys. As a simple illustration of the information content of the angular function, we examine its dependence on the parameter pair Om_m, sigma_8 in flat cosmologies. We discuss sources of modeling uncertainty and consider application to the future Planck SZ catalog, showing how these two parameters and the normalization of the SZ flux-mass relation can be simultaneously found when the local X-ray cluster abundance constraint is included.
1:  IAS - Institut d'astrophysique spatiale
2:  PCC - Physique Corpusculaire et Cosmologie - Collège de France
Sciences of the Universe/Astrophysics

Physics/Astrophysics/Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics
cosmic microwave background – cosmological parameter – galaxies: clusters: general
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