# Weak lensing mass map and peak statistics in Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Stripe 82 survey

## Abstract

We present a weak lensing mass map covering 124 of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Stripe 82 Survey (CS82). We study the statistics of rare peaks in the map, including peak abundance, the peak-peak correlation functions, and the tangential-shear profiles around peaks. We find that the abundance of peaks detected in CS82 is consistent with predictions from a CDM cosmological model, once noise effects are properly included. The correlation functions of peaks with different signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are well described by power-laws, and there is a clear cross-correlation between the SDSS-III/Constant Mass (CMASS) galaxies and high SNR peaks. The tangential shear profiles around peaks increase with peak SNR. We fit analytical models to the tangential shear profiles, including a projected singular isothermal sphere (SIS) model and a projected Navarro, Frenk & White (NFW) model, plus a 2-halo term. For the high SNR peaks, the SIS model is rejected at 3. The NFW model plus a 2-halo term gives more acceptable fits to the data. Some peaks match the positions of optically detected clusters, while others are relatively dark. Comparing dark and matched peaks, we find a difference in lensing signal of a factor of , suggesting that about half of the dark peaks are false detection.

###### keywords:

gravitational lensing: weak - cosmology: theory - dark matter - large-scale structure of Universe### 1 Introduction

Weak gravitational lensing (WL) by large scale structures (LSS) is recognized as a powerful tool for probing the distribution of dark matter (DM) in the Universe. The details of this distribution depend both on DM particle properties and on the cosmological growth factor, itself a function of the equation of state, and thus weak lensing measurements can provide important constraints on cosmology (Kneib et al. 2003; Sheldon et al. 2004; Hoekstra et al. 2004, 2005; Clowe et al. 2006; Mandelbaum et al. 2006; Rozo et al. 2010; Leauthaud et al. 2010, 2011a, 2011b; Kneib & Natarajan 2011).

The two-dimensional (2D) WL convergence map is proportional to the density projected along each line of sight. High signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) peaks in the convergence map generally correspond to massive clusters (Hamana et al. 2004). It turns out that a simple Gaussian filter of width is close to the optimal linear filter for cluster detection, and this choice has been extensively studied in simulations (White et al. 2002; Hamana et al. 2004; Tang & Fan 2005; Gavazzi & Soucail 2007). Shape noise from intrinsic ellipticity of galaxies and projection effects of the LSS will produce spurious noise peaks, degrading the completeness and purity of cluster detection. Such effects can also influence the WL signals of the LSS, increasing the SNR of smaller structures above .

As a cosmological probe, the peak abundance is complementary to the WL power spectrum, and is similar to galaxy cluster abundance (Dietrich & Hartlap 2010; Kratochvil et al. 2010; Maturi et al. 2010; Yang et al. 2011, 2013; Marian et al. 2012; Shan et al. 2012; Bard et al. 2013; Van Waerbeke et al. 2013). A major advantage of WL peaks and a motivation for their use is that they avoid the issue of having to identify genuine bound clusters and measure their masses. Peaks can be directly compared to cosmological N-body simulations without the need to make the correspondence to observed or simulated “galaxy clusters”. Since the abundance of WL peaks can be used as a cosmological tool, we expect their clustering to also be valuable. With simulations, Marian et al. (2013) studied the high-order statistics of WL peaks, including the stacked tangential-shear profiles and the peak-peak correlation function. They found that the marginalized constraints are tightened by a factor of 2 compared to the peak abundance alone, the least contributor to the error reduction being the correlation function.

First we present the WL convergence map of the -tile CS82 field, and study the WL peak statistics. We will analyze peak abundance, peak correlation functions and the tangential shear profiles around peaks. We count the positive and negative peaks in the mass map, measure the peak abundance as a function of SNR, and compare with the Cold Dark Matter (CDM) cosmological model using the analytical predictions by Fan et al. (2010). We then measure higher-order statistics of WL peaks for the first time with real data. We investigate the correlation functions of WL peaks. For galaxies and clusters, we expect the correlation functions of WL peaks with different SNR to be well-fitted with power laws. Furthermore, combining with the Constant Mass galaxies (CMASS) from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III DR10 Baryonic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (SDSS-III/DR10/BOSS, Eisenstein et al. 2011; Dawson et al. 2013) experiment, we study the cross-correlation between the CMASS galaxies and WL peaks. We also compare our WL peak detections with catalogs of overdensities detected via the red sequence Matched-filter Probabilistic Percolation (redMaPPer) algorithm (Rykoff et al. 2013). We fit the tangential-shear profiles of different SNR WL peaks and “dark clumps” (WL peaks without any obvious optical cluster counterpart) with singular isothermal sphere (SIS) profile and Navarro-Frenk-White (NFW, Navarro, Frenk, & White 1996) profile plus a 2-halo term.

This paper is organized in the following way. In Section 2, we describe the CS82 data used. In Section 3, we reconstruct the 2D lensing convergence “mass map”, and extract a catalog of peaks. In Section 4, we study the peak statistics with peak abundance, correlation functions and tangential-shear profiles. Section 5 summarizes and discusses the results.

Throughout this paper, we adopt a fiducial, flat CDM cosmological model with , , , , , with .

### 2 CFHT/MegaCam Stripe-82 Survey and weak lensing catalog

SDSS equatorial Stripe 82, which covers more than square degrees, has a high density of spectroscopic redshifts, with redshift measurements. On-going surveys such as the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) and Wiggle-Z are now adding more than new spectra to this legacy.

The CFHT/MegaCam Stripe 82 Survey (CS82) is a large collaborative -band survey between the Canadian/French and Brazilian communities, which has been successfully conducted down to in excellent seeing conditions (between and arcsec with a median of arcsec) (Erben et al. 2014, in preparation). This area contains a total of tiles ( tiles CS82 and CFHT-LS Wide tiles). Each CS82 tile was obtained in four dithered observations with an exposure time of s, each resulting in a - limiting magnitude in a 2 arcsec diameter aperture of about . After applying all the masks across the entire survey, the final effective sky coverage drops from to 124 . Figure 1 shows a clear correlation between effective sky coverage and RA direction of the data. On the two edges of stripe data, the mask region is larger because of the higher stellar density.

The shapes of faint galaxies are measured with the Lensfit method (Miller et al 2007, 2013), the details of the calibration and systematic effects are shown and discussed in Heymans et al. (2012). We use all galaxies with magnitudes , signal-to-noise , weight and FITCLASS, in which represents an inverse variance weight accorded to each source galaxy by LensFit, and FITSCLASS is a star/galaxy classification provided by Lensfit. The magnitude cut is quite conservative as the limiting magnitude of each tile is higher than . These criteria result in a total of source galaxies, and the average source surface number density is galaxies per .

### 3 Convergence map

The convergence field, , is estimated from the shear field using the Kaiser & Squires (1993) inversion algorithm as

(1) |

where is a complex convolution kernel to obtain from the shear . In this paper, we do the mass reconstruction per tile. The pixel scale for the binning of is .

We treat individual CS82 tiles as “empty fields” with average mass properties. As the tiles are degree-scale, the net mass sheet density on this scale should be negligeable.

For the finite density of source galaxies resolved by CFHT, the scatter of their intrinsic ellipticities means that a raw, unsmoothed convergence map will be infinitely noisy. We smooth the convergence map by convolving it (while still in Fourier space) with a Gaussian window function,

(2) |

where is the smoothing scale. As shown by Van Waerbeke (2000), if different galaxies’ intrinsic ellipticities are uncorrelated, the statistical properties of the resulting noise field can be described by Gaussian random field theory (Bardeen et al. 1986; Bond & Efstathiou 1987) on scales where the discreteness effect of source galaxies can be ignored. The Gaussian field is uniquely specified by the variance of the noise, which is in turn controlled by the number of galaxies within a smoothing aperture (Kaiser & Squires 1993; Van Waerbeke 2000)

(3) |

where is the rms amplitude of the intrinsic ellipticity distribution and is the density of source galaxies. In Figure 2, we show the relation between the seeing and effective galaxy number density/intrinsic ellipticity dispersion of each tile.

We define the signal-to-noise ratio for WL detections as

(4) |

To define the noise level in theoretical calculations of , we adopt a constant effective density of galaxies equal to the mean within our survey. For our CS82 survey, we use the mean galaxy density in each tile, which is corrected for the masked area (the area goes from to ) — but do not consider the non-uniformity of the density within each tile due to masks or galaxy clustering.

In order to better display large-scale features, we show the reconstructed “DM mass” convergence map for an area of CS82 fields in Figure 3 with a smoothing scale .

We also compare our WL peak detections with catalogs of overdensities detected via optical observation. The red sequence Matched-filter Probabilistic Percolation (redMaPPer) algorithm is an efficient red sequence cluster finder developed by Rykoff et al. (2013) based on the optimized red-sequence richness estimator. The red circles (multi-circles) denote the redMaPPer (high richness) clusters. While there may be some correlation between our WL peaks and the positions of the redMaPPer cluster candidates, there is generally not a clear one-to-one correspondence between individual peaks and individual clusters, presumably due to shape noise and projection effects in the LSS.

### 4 Peak statistics

In this section, we will analyze the peaks in the WL mass maps, defining a peak as any pixel that has a higher values of than any of the surrounding eight pixels (Jain & Van Waerbeke 2000). Considering the data, we can find that the number of all WL peaks in each tile is related to effective galaxy number density (See Figure 4).

We study three kinds of peak statistics: peak abundance, peak correlation functions and the mean tangential shear around peaks based on the mass map of the CS82 survey.

#### 4.1 Peak abundance

To assess the reliability of this map, we shall first investigate the statistical properties of local maxima and minima. Figure 5 shows the distribution of peak heights, as a function of SNR. The bimodal distribution in both the -mode and -mode signals is dominated by positive and negative noisy fluctuations, but an asymmetric excess in the -mode signal is apparent at . Local minima could correspond to voids (Jain & Van Waerbeke 2000; Miyazaki et al. 2002). But the large angular extent of voids is ill-matched to our filter width, and their density contrast can never be greater than unity, so this aspect of our data is likely just noise. The dashed curve shows the prediction from Gaussian random field theory (van Waerbeke 2000). The low galaxy number density of CS82 survey will introduce some Poisson noise, making even the B-mode peak count histograms have a non-Gaussian component.

Taking into account the effects of noise on the main-cluster-peak heights and the enhancement of the number of noise peaks near DM halos, Fan et al. (2010) developed an anlytical model incorporating the mass function of DM halos to calculate the statistical abundance of WL peaks over large scales. They pointed out that because of the mutual effects of the mass distribution of DM halos and noise, the noise peak abundance also carries important cosmological information, especially the information related to the density profile of DM halos. This model can allow us to use directly the peaks detected in the large-scale reconstructed convergence map from WL observations as cosmological probes without the need to differentiate true or false peaks with follow-up observations. We adopt the Sheth-Tormen mass function (1999) and the NFW density profile for DM halos in the calculations.

Figure 6 recasts the peak distribution into a cumulative density of positive maxima. The prediction from the model by Fan et al. (2010) is shown as solid line. In these theoretical calculations, we model the population of background galaxies as having an intrinsic ellipticity dispersion , density and the redshift distribution with and . This galaxy distribution has a median redshift and a mean redshift (see details in Erben et al. 2014, in prep.). The dotted curve shows the prediction from Gaussian random field theory (van Waerbeke 2000). The measurements, especially the high SNR peaks, are inconsistent with a pure Gaussian noise. The model including LSS signals and shape noise are more reasonable.

We also show different cosmological models (dashed color curves) as in Bard et al. (2013). At large SNR, the statistical errors are large with poor constraints on cosmological parameters. The low SNR peak distribution is also shown on a linear scale in the sub-panel of Figure 6. The low SNR peaks contain most of the power to separate between different cosmological models, as discussed in Kratochvil, Haiman & May (2010). As pointed out by Yang et al. (2011), the reason why noise can boost the sensitivity to cosmological parameters, contrary to simple intuition, is because the signal for WL peaks is a non-linear function of the noise.

These low SNR peaks are dominated by random galaxy shape noise, but the projection of multiple (typically, ) halos along the line of sight also contribute to the signal of the low SNR peaks, making their number counts sensitive to cosmological parameters (Yang et al. 2011). However, the analytical model in Fan et al. (2010) only considers the effects of shape noise. In the noise-dominated case, the distribution of peak heights will roughly follow that expected for a Gaussian random field, but will differ in detail because of the contribution from large-scale structures (Yang et al. 2011). A model including the projection effects of LSS should be developed before interpreting the results in terms of cosmology.

#### 4.2 Auto-correlation function

The auto-correlation function is measured by comparing the actual peak distribution to a catalog of positions distributed randomly over the unmasked region of the survey.

We use the estimator of Lancy & Szalay (1993, LS) to calculate , as this has been found to be the most reliable estimator for the two-point correlation function (Kerscher et al. 2000). The LS estimator is given by,

(6) | |||||

where DD, DR and RR are pair counts in bins of of the data-data, data-random and random-random points respectively, and and are the numbers of data and random points in the sample.

Historically, measurements of the cluster correlation function found results consistent with a power law over scales or so (Bahcall & Soneira 1983; Nichol et al. 1992; Peacock & West 1992; Croft et al. 1997; Gonzalez et al. 2002),

(7) |

where the correlation length depends on cluster richness (peak richness here). Thus, we fit a power-law with different SNR peaks. A set of random points will produce .

In Figure 7, we show the auto-correlation functions of WL peaks with SNR and . We fit the measured correlation function for . The solid lines are the fitted power law. The auto-correlation function of peaks can be well fitted with a power law (see Table 1). For the peaks with , the exponent of the power law has a value 0.64, which is even lower than the angular correlation function of galaxies with 0.8 (Zehavi et al. 2002). This suggests that the peaks include lots of small structures and also noise peaks. For the peaks with which are related to more massive structures and less noise peaks, we find , which is close to the measured auto-correlation functions of SDSS clusters with 0.8-1.3 (Estrada et al. 2009; Hong et al. 2012). The number of the higher SNR peaks is too small to be well fitted with a power-law. Note that there is a turn-around at scale of 3 , which depends on the size of the Gaussian smoothing scale applied to the shear data.

SNR | ||
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#### 4.3 Cross-correlation function

Because WL peaks are related to LSS in the Universe, we expect that there to be a cross-correlation between WL peaks and biased systems, such as clusters and massive galaxies. However, the redMaPPer catalog does not contain enough objects, 432 clusters with and richness , to estimate a correlation function. Therefore, we use CMASS galaxies instead.

In this section, we present the cross-correlation functions between CMASS galaxies and WL peaks with . The CMASS sample is the SDSS-III/BOSS experiment BAO tracer (Dawson et al. 2013). The parent catalog of CMASS selection on Stripe 82 contains tracers, covering 98 of the CS82 region. As in Comparat et al. (2013), we use the complete CMASS selection, not only the galaxies confirmed by spectroscopy, in order to avoid fiber collision issues. The mean redshift is with a dispersion of . On the same scale where we have determined the auto-correlation functions of WL peaks, we measure the slope of the auto-correlation function for CMASS galaxies to be 0.730.01. We conclude that the WL peaks with are more biased than CMASS galaxies, suggesting that these peaks are related to groups or clusters as expected.

Eventually we checked the cross-correlation between CMASS galaxies and WL peaks. Figure 8 shows that this can also be fit with a power law . The slope of cross correlation is .

#### 4.4 Tangential shear

In this section, we estimate the average tangential shear profile of WL peaks. Stacking the signal from many peaks can reduce the contribution from shape noise, uncorrelated structures along the line of sight and substructures. We calculate the excess surface mass density , where is the tangential shear and is the critical surface density. The mean source and lens redshifts and are and , respectively.

**
Matched redMaPPer peaks** Tangential shear measurements require the identification of the DM density peak, but WL peaks
are expected to be offset of the centers of the main DM halos associated with them (Yang et al. 2013).
In this paper, halo centers are assumed to contain central galaxies (CGs) which can be used as good tracers, on condition
that they can be correctly identified.

As in Shan et al. (2012), we search for matched redMaPPer clusters within a radius of peaks that appear in the WL mass map. This search radius is chosen to be larger than the smoothing scale, but smaller than the angular virial radius of a massive cluster at (Hamana et al. 2004). If more than one pair exists within , we adopt the closest match as the primary candidate. In total, redMaPPer clusters have no corresponding WL peaks. We show the separation histogram of redMaPPer matched peaks in Figure 9. The separation of WL peaks and optical centers is from various systematic noise sources, such as the effect of projected LSS (Gavazzi & Scoucail 2007; Geller et al. 2010), smoothing of the mass maps, and shape noise in the maps (Dietrich et al. 2012). The purity, defined as the fraction of peaks above a given detection threshold that are associated with an optically detected cluster (Shan et al. 2012) of our sample is much lower (15 for WL peaks), which is due to the lower galaxy number density.

In Figure 10, we present of redMaPPer matched peaks with SNR using the WL peak positions (red points) and the matched redMaPPer cluster center positions (black points), respectively. The WL peak positions can introduce noise on the tangential shear measurement. As in Johnston et al. (2007), Leauthaud et al. (2010) and George et al. (2012), centroid errors will lead to a smoothing of the lensing signal on small scales and to an underestimate of halo masses. On large scales (), the tangential shear signals are almost the same. Thus, we will use the matched redMaPPer cluster centers in this paper.

In Figure 11, we present of matched WL peaks with SNR (top-left panel), (top-right panel), (bottom-left panel) and (bottom-right panel). From the figure, the higher SNR peaks have higher : there is about an order of magnitude difference between the lensing signals corresponding to the and bins.

Low SNR peaks often include contributions from several halos or structures along the line of sight, thus they are relatively insensitive to the inner profile of individual halos (Yang et al. 2013), but reflect instead the “2-halo term”, or halo-halo clustering. We fit the stacked profiles with both a SIS and a NFW model plus a 2-halo term following Covone et al. (2014). Fitting results are given in Table 2. Note that although the full NFW model has two free parameters, we assume the Bullock et al. (2001) relation between concentration c and virial mass seen in numerical simulations, leaving only a single parameter to fit.

SNR | ||||
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km/s | ||||

As expected, the mass of NFW profiles and the velocity dispersion of SIS profiles increase with SNR. The SIS model is strongly disfavored for the high SNR peaks and , and is rejected at the level. This could be due to the inner slope of the DM mass density in halos (Rocha et al. 2013). The NFW model plus a 2-halo term gives more acceptable fits to the data.

##### Dark clump peaks

We also study the profiles of the peaks without any matched clusters (“dark clumps” hereafter), which could include both smaller structures and noisy peaks. The same redshift distribution with as the redMaPPer matched peaks is used for “dark clumps”. Because of mis-centering problems, only on large scales can be used. For the peaks with , the tangential shear signals of dark clumps on large scales are lower than the redMaPPer matched peaks (see Figure 12). The best fits of the dark clumps are: with (NFW profile plus 2-halo term) and with (SIS profile). The SIS profile is even more strongly disfavored for dark clumps. It is rejected at . Comparing with the matched clumps (to the redMaPPer clusters) in Table 2, there is a difference in virial mass of a factor of .

### 5 Conclusions

In this paper, we have reconstructed the WL convergence map of CS82 fields. With the peaks in the WL mass map, we further study three kinds of WL peak statistics, the peak height distribution, the peak auto-correlation function, and the mean tangential shear around peaks. This is the first measurement of high-order statistics of WL peaks with real data.

The use of peak abundance as a cosmological tool have been discussed extensively in the literature (Dietrich & Hartlap 2010; Kratochvil et al. 2010; Yang et al. 2011, 2013; Marian et al. 2012, 2013; Shan et al. 2012; Bard et al. 2013). In our paper, we measure the abundance of peaks as a function of SNR, and compare it with the analytical prediction in Fan et al. (2010). The peak abundance detected in CS82 is consistent with predictions from a CDM cosmological model, once shape noise effects are properly included. If other noise effects, including projection effects and mask effects, were included accurately in analytic models, we suggest that WL peak abundance could become a better method to constrain cosmology than pure cluster counts, because we could use the information contained in the large number of low SNR peaks.

The slope and amplitude of the peak auto-correlation functions depends on the SNR of WL peaks. The auto-correlation function of different SNR WL peaks and can be well fitted with power laws with the following slopes: and . We conclude that the WL peaks with are more biased than CMASS galaxies, suggesting that these peaks are related to groups or clusters as expected. Combining with the CMASS galaxies, the cross-correlation with a power-law slope 0.78 between CMASS galaxies and high SNR peaks can be found.

We also fit spherical models to the mean tangential shear profiles around peaks, including the singular isothermal sphere (SIS) model and Navarro, Frenk & White (NFW) model plus 2-halo term. The SIS model is strongly disfavored for the high SNR peaks and , which is rejected at . The NFW model plus 2-halo term gives more acceptable fits to the data. We also compared the dark and matched clumps (to the redMaPPer clusters) and found that there is a difference in virial mass of a factor of , assuming the matched and unmatched peaks have the same mass function. This could indicate that approximately half of the dark clumps are false detections, in the sense that they do not correspond to single massive halos along the line of sight. This assumption would require better data (such as extensive spectroscopic follow-up) to validate, however.

The high SNR peaks in the WL mass map are related to the LSS in the Universe. In an upcoming paper, we will constrain cosmology with WL peak statistics. Future surveys, such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Large Synopic Survey Telescope (LSST), Kunlun Dark Universe Survey Telescope (KDUST) and Euclid surveys, will allow us to map WL peaks throughout much larger cosmological volumes, thus probing cosmology more sensitively.