Halo-model analysis of the clustering of photometrically selected galaxies from SDSS

Ashley J. Ross, Robert J. Brunner

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We measure the angular two-point correlation functions of galaxies, ω(θ), in a volume limited, photometrically selected galaxy sample from the fifth data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). We split the sample both by luminosity and galaxy type and use a halo-model analysis to find halo-occupation distributions that can simultaneously model the clustering of all, early- and late-type galaxies in a given sample. Our results for the full galaxy sample are generally consistent with previous results using the SDSS spectroscopic sample, taking the differences between the median redshifts of the photometric and spectroscopic samples into account. We find that our early- and late-type measurements cannot be fit by a model that allows early- and late-type galaxies to be well mixed within haloes. Instead, we introduce a new model that segregates early- and late-type galaxies into separate haloes to the maximum allowed extent. We determine that, in all cases, it provides a good fit to our data and thus provides a new statistical description of the manner in which early- and late-type galaxies occupy haloes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)878-887
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Galaxies: haloes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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