Recovering Redshift Distributions with Cross-Correlations: Pushing The Boundaries
Determining accurate redshift distributions for very large samples of objects has become increasingly important in cosmology. We investigate the impact of extending cross-correlation based redshift distribution recovery methods to include small scale clustering information. The major concern in such work is the ability to disentangle the amplitude of the underlying redshift distribution from the influence of evolving galaxy bias. Using multiple simulations covering a variety of galaxy bias evolution scenarios, we demonstrate reliable redshift recoveries using linear clustering assumptions well into the non-linear regime for redshift distributions of narrow redshift width. Including information from intermediate physical scales balances the increased information available from clustering and the residual bias incurred from relaxing of linear constraints. We discuss how breaking a broad sample into tomographic bins can improve estimates of the redshift distribution, and present a simple bias removal technique using clustering information from the spectroscopic sample alone.