Core Cosmology Library: Precision Cosmological Predictions for LSST

Nora Elisa Chisari, David Alonso, Elisabeth Krause, C. Danielle Leonard, Philip Bull, Jérémy Neveu, Antonio Villarreal, Sukhdeep Singh, Thomas McClintock, John Ellison, Zilong Du, Joe Zuntz, Alexander Mead, Shahab Joudaki, Christiane S. Lorenz, Tilman Troester, Javier Sanchez, Francois Lanusse, Mustapha Ishak, Renée HlozekJonathan Blazek, Jean-Eric Campagne, Husni Almoubayyed, Tim Eifler, Matthew Kirby, David Kirkby, Stéphane Plaszczynski, Anze Slosar, Michal Vrastil, Erika L. Wagoner

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The Core Cosmology Library (CCL) provides routines to compute basic cosmological observables to a high degree of accuracy, which have been verified with an extensive suite of validation tests. Predictions are provided for many cosmological quantities, including distances, angular power spectra, correlation functions, halo bias and the halo mass function through state-of-the-art modeling prescriptions available in the literature. Fiducial specifications for the expected galaxy distributions for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) are also included, together with the capability of computing redshift distributions for a user-defined photometric redshift model. A rigorous validation procedure, based on comparisons between CCL and independent software packages, allows us to establish a well-defined numerical accuracy for each predicted quantity. As a result, predictions for correlation functions of galaxy clustering, galaxy-galaxy lensing and cosmic shear are demonstrated to be within a fraction of the expected statistical uncertainty of the observables for the models and in the range of scales of interest to LSST. CCL is an open source software package written in C, with a python interface and publicly available at
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2018


  • astro-ph.CO
  • astro-ph.IM


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