The intermediate-scale clustering of luminous red galaxies

Idit Zehavi, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Robert C. Nichol, Michael R. Blanton, David W. Hogg, Jon Brinkmann, Jon Loveday, Avery Meiksin, Donald P. Schneider, Max Tegmark

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We report the intermediate-scale (0.3-40 h-1 Mpc) clustering of 35,000 luminous early-type galaxies at redshifts 0.16-0.44 from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We present the redshift space two-point correlation function ξ(s), the projected correlation function wp(rp), and the deprojected real space correlation function ξ(r), for approximately volume-limited samples. As expected, the galaxies are highly clustered, with the correlation length varying from 9.8 ± 0.2 to 11.2 ± 0.2 h -1 Mpc, dependent on the specific luminosity range. For the -23.2 〈 Mg 〈 -21.2 sample, the inferred bias relative to that of L* galaxies is 1.84 ± 0.11 for 1 h-1Mpc 〈 rp ≲ 10 h-1 Mpc, with yet stronger clustering on smaller scales. We detect luminosity-dependent bias within the sample but see no evidence for redshift evolution between z = 0.2 and z = 0.4. We find a clear indication for deviations from a power-law in the real space correlation function, with a dip at ̃2 h-1 Mpc scales and an upturn on smaller scales. The precision measurements of these clustering trends offer new avenues for the study of the formation and evolution of these massive galaxies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-31
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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