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Author Shone, Allen M. ♦ Morris, Simon L. ♦ Crighton, Neil H. M. ♦ Wilman, Richard
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2009-11-17
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics ♦ Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract We have measured the 2D 2-point correlation function, Xi_AG, between low column density Ly-alpha absorbers and galaxies at a redshift z ~ 1. We measured Ly-alpha absorbers between redshifts z=0.68 to 1.51 over a total redshift path length of Delta z=1.08 from HST STIS E230M absorption spectra towards the quasars HE 1122-1648 (z=2.4) and PKS 1127-145 (z=1.187). The column density of the Ly-alpha absorbers ranged from 13.2< log(N_HI (cm^-2))<17.4, with a median column density of log(N_HI)=14.0 . A total of 193 galaxy redshifts within the surrounding 6.8' x 5.7' field of view of both quasars were identified in a R magnitude limited survey (21.5<R_Vega<24.5) using the FORS2 spectrograph at the VLT, of which 95 were higher than the minimum redshift z=0.68 to be used in the correlation function. A 3 sigma upper-limit of Xi_AG=2.8 was found when 145 Ly-alpha absorber-galaxy pairs were binned in redshift space, in a bin of size Delta sigma=1.0, Delta pi=2.0 h^-1 Mpc along the projected separation and line of sight distances respectively. The upper-limit in the cross-correlation was found to be 5.4 sigma lower than the central peak in the galaxy auto-correlation within the same redshift range, Xi_GG, which was in our data equal to 10.7+/-1.4. Thus we have shown for the first time that the clustering between low column density absorbers and galaxies at a redshift of 1 is weaker than that between galaxies at the same redshift.
Description Comment: 22 pages, 18 figures. Accepted for publication in MNRAS
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