Statistical analysis of large scale structure by the discrete wavelet transform
AuthorPando, Jesus, 1956-
KeywordsPhysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe discrete wavelet transform (DWT) is developed as a general statistical tool for the study of large scale structures (LSS) in astrophysics. The DWT is used in all aspects of structure identification including cluster analysis, spectrum and two-point correlation studies, scale-scale correlation analysis and to measure deviations from Gaussian behavior. The techniques developed are demonstrated on "academic" signals, on simulated models of the Lymanα (Lyα) forests, and on observational data of the Lyα forests. This technique can detect clustering in the Ly-α clouds where traditional techniques such as the two-point correlation function have failed. The position and strength of these clusters in both real and simulated data is determined and it is shown that clusters exist on scales as large as at least 20 h⁻¹ Mpc at significance levels of 2-4 σ. Furthermore, it is found that the strength distribution of the clusters can be used to distinguish between real data and simulated samples even where other traditional methods have failed to detect differences. Second, a method for measuring the power spectrum of a density field using the DWT is developed. All common features determined by the usual Fourier power spectrum can be calculated by the DWT. These features, such as the index of a power law or typical scales, can be detected even when the samples are geometrically complex, the samples are incomplete, or the mean density on larger scales is not known (the infrared uncertainty). Using this method the spectra of Ly-α forests in both simulated and real samples is calculated. Third, a method for measuring hierarchical clustering is introduced. Because hierarchical evolution is characterized by a set of rules of how larger dark matter halos are formed by the merging of smaller halos, scale-scale correlations of the density field should be one of the most sensitive quantities in determining the merging history. We show that these correlations can be completely determined by the correlations between discrete wavelet coefficients on adjacent scales and at nearly the same spatial position, Cs Scale-scale correlations on two samples of the QSO Ly-α forests absorption spectra are computed. Lastly, higher order statistics are developed to detect deviations from Gaussian behavior. These higher order statistics are necessary to fully characterize the Ly-α forests because the usual 2nd order statistics, such as the two-point correlation function or power spectrum, give inconclusive results. It is shown how this technique takes advantage of the locality of the DWT to circumvent the central limit theorem. A non-Gaussian spectrum is defined and this spectrum reveals not only the magnitude, but the scales of non-Gaussianity. When applied to simulated and observational samples of the Ly-α clouds, it is found that different popular models of structure formation have different spectra while two, independent observational data sets, have the same spectra. Moreover, the non-Gaussian spectra of real data sets are significantly different from the spectra of various possible random samples. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Degree ProgramGraduate College