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We present a clustering analysis of luminous red galaxies (LRGs) using nearly 9000 objects from the final, three-year catalogue of the 2dF-SDSS LRG and QSO (2SLAQ) Survey. We measure the redshift-space two-point correlation function, ξ(s) and find that, at the mean LRG redshift of shows the characteristic downturn at small scales (1 h−1 Mpc) expected from line-of-sight velocity dispersion. We fit a double power law to ξ(s) and measure an amplitude and slope of s0 = 17.3+2.5−2.0 h−1 Mpc, γ = 1.03 ± 0.07 at small scales (s < 4.5 h−1 Mpc) and s0 = 9.40 ± 0.19 h−1 Mpc, γ = 2.02 ± 0.07 at large scales (s > 4.5 h−1 Mpc). In the semiprojected correlation function, wp(σ), we find a simple power law with γ = 1.83 ± 0.05 and r0 = 7.30 ± 0.34 h−1 Mpc fits the data in the range 0.4 < σ < 50 h−1 Mpc, although there is evidence of a steeper po...
We present the results of a search for ultracompact dwarf galaxies (UCDs) in six different galaxy groups: Dorado, NGC 1400, 0681, 4038, 4697 and 5084. We searched in the apparent magnitude range 17.5 ≤ bJ ≤ 20.5 (except NGC 5084: 19.2 ≤ bJ ≤ 21.0). We found one definite plus two possible UCD candidates in the Dorado group and two possible UCD candidates in the NGC 1400 group. No UCDs were found in the other groups. We compared these results with predicted luminosities of UCDs in the groups according to the hypothesis that UCDs are globular clusters formed in galaxies. The theoretical predictions broadly agree with the observational results, but deeper surveys are needed to fully test the predictions.
We present the first data release from the second epoch Molonglo Galactic Plane Survey (MGPS-2). MGPS-2 was carried out with the Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope at a frequency of 843 MHz and with a restoring beam of 45 × 45 arcsec2, making it the highest resolution large-scale radio survey of the southern Galactic plane. It covers the range |b| < 10° and 245° < l < 365°, and is the Galactic counterpart to the Sydney University Molonglo Sky Survey (SUMSS) which covers the whole southern sky with δ ≤ −30° (|b| > 10°). In this paper, we present the MGPS-2 compact source catalogue. The catalogue has 48 850 sources above a limiting peak brightness of 10 mJy beam−1. Positions in the catalogue are accurate to 1–2 arcsec. A full catalogue including extended sources is in preparation. We have carried out an analysis of the compac...
Correlations between intrinsic shear and the density field on large scales, a potentially important contaminant for cosmic shear surveys, have been robustly detected at low redshifts with bright galaxies in Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) data. Here we present a more detailed characterization of this effect, which can cause anticorrelations between gravitational lensing shear and intrinsic ellipticity (GI correlations). This measurement uses 36 278 luminous red galaxies (LRGs) from the SDSS spectroscopic sample with 0.15 < z < 0.35, split by redshift and luminosity; 7758 LRGs from the 2dF-SDSS LRG and QSO (2SLAQ) survey at 0.4 < z < 0.8; and a variety of other SDSS samples from previous, related work. We find >3σ detections of the effect on large scales (up to 60 h−1 Mpc) for all galaxy subsamples within the SDSS LRG sample; for ...
We have combined optical data from the 2dF-SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) LRG (Luminous Red Galaxy) and QSO (quasi-stellar object) (2SLAQ) redshift survey with radio measurements from the 1.4 GHz VLA (Very Large Array) FIRST (Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty-cm) and NVSS (NRAO VLA Sky Survey) surveys to identify a volume-limited sample of 391 radio galaxies at redshift 0.4 < z < 0.7. By determining an accurate radio luminosity function for luminous early-type galaxies in this redshift range, we can investigate the cosmic evolution of the radio-galaxy population over a wide range in radio luminosity. The low-power radio galaxies in our LRG sample (those with 1.4 GHz radio luminosities in the range 1024 to 1025 W Hz−1, corresponding to Fanaroff–Riley I (FR I) radio galaxies in the local Universe) undergo significant cosmic ...
Iron line emission is common in the X-ray spectra of accreting black holes. When the line emission is broad or variable then it is likely to originate from close to the black hole. X-ray irradiation of the accretion flow by the power-law X-ray continuum produces the X-ray 'reflection' spectrum which includes the iron line. The shape and variability of the iron lines and reflection can be used as a diagnostic of the radius, velocity and nature of the flow. The inner radius of the dense flow corresponds to the innermost stable circular orbit and thus can be used to determine the spin of the black hole. Studies of broad iron lines and reflection spectra offer much promise for understanding how the inner parts of accretion flows (and outflows) around black holes operate. There remains great potential for XMM-Newton to continue to make si...
Comment: 7 pages, PDF only, A&G vol 50
Comment: 12 pages with 10 figures. To be published in Serendipity (eds Mark de Rond and Iain Morley), CUP
Comment: 9 pages, 13 figures, Proceedings IAU Symposium 267, Co-Evolution of Central Black Holes and Galaxies
Comment: 35 pages, 17 figures, ARAA in press
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