Constraints on the Cosmic Expansion Rate at Redshift 2.3 from the Lyman-$\ensuremath{\alpha}$ Forest

We determine the product of the expansion rate and angular-diameter distance at redshift z=2.3 from the anisotropy of Lyman-α (Lyα) forest correlations measured by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). Our result is the most precise from large-scale structure at z>1. Using the flat Λ cold dark matter model we determine the matter density to be Ωm=0.360.04+0.03 from Lyα alone. This is a factor of 2 tighter than baryon acoustic oscillation results from the same data due to our use of a wide range of scales (25<r<180h1Mpc). Using a nucleosynthesis prior, we measure the Hubble constant to be H0=63.2±2.5km/s/Mpc. In combination with other SDSS tracers, we find H0=67.2±0.9km/s/Mpc and measure the dark energy equation-of-state parameter to be w=0.90±0.12. Our Letter opens a new avenue for constraining cosmology at high redshift.

  • Received 28 September 2022
  • Revised 23 December 2022
  • Accepted 9 February 2023


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