Scientific Purpose

In support of the new Sloan III survey, which will measure the baryon oscillation scale using the Luminous Red Galaxies (LRGs), we have run the largest N-body simulation to date using $4120^3$ = 69.9 billion particles, and covering a volume of $(6.592 h^{-1}\mathrm{Gpc})^3$. This is over 2000 times the volume of the Millennium Run, and corner-to-corner stretches all the way to the horizon of the visible universe. LRG galaxies are selected by finding the most massive gravitationally bound, cold dark matter halos, not subject to tidal disruption, a technique that correctly reproduces the 3D topology of the LRG galaxies in the Sloan Survey. We have measured the covariance function, power spectrum, and the 3D topology of the LRG galaxy distribution in our simulation and made 32 mock surveys along the past light cone to simulate the Sloan III survey. Our large N-body simulation is used to accurately measure the non-linear systematic effects such as gravitational evolution, redshift space distortion, past light cone space gradient, and galaxy biasing, and to calibrate the baryon oscillation scale and the genus topology. For example, we predict from our mock surveys that the baryon acoustic oscillation peak scale can be measured with the cosmic variance-dominated uncertainty of about 5% when the SDSS-III sample is divided into three equal volume shells, or about 2.6% when a thicker shell with $0.4\lt z\lt 0.6$ is used. We find that one needs to correct the scale for the systematic effects amounting up to 5.2% to use it to constrain the linear theories. And the uncertainty in the amplitude of the genus curve is expected to be about 1% at $15 h^{-1}\mathrm{Mpc}$ scale. We are making the simulation and mock surveys publicly available.


Cosmological model of the Horizon Run

Cosmology used for the HR
Cosmological model $\Omega_{m,0}$ $\Omega_{b,0}$ $\Omega_{\Lambda,0}$ $n_\mathrm{s}$ $H_0$ (km/s/Mpc) $\sigma_8$
$\Lambda$CDM WMAP5 0.26 0.044 0.74 0.96 72 1/1.26

Simulations specifics
Simulations Name HR1
Box Size ($h^{-1}\mathrm{Mpc}$) 6592
Number of CDM particles $4120^3$
Starting redshift 23
Initial power spectrum generator Eisenstein & Hu (1998)

Outputs from the simulation

Pictures & Movies

Some images from the simulations are available here.

Data Archive(Downloadable)

Mock catalogues, halo, and lightcone data can be downloaded here.


Tables from the simulations.

Paper & Press Releases

The Horizon Run in the press.