The zCOSMOS survey. The dependence of clustering on luminosity and stellar mass at –1 *
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching-bei-München, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
2 Universitäts-Sternwarte, Scheinerstrasse 1, Munich 81679, Germany
3 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Via Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate (LC), Italy
4 Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, UMR 6110 CNRS Université de Provence, BP8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
5 INAF – Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Via Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
6 Argelander Institute for Astronomy, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
7 Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
8 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
9 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Strada Osservatorio 20, 10025 Pino Torinese (TO), Italy
10 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via Brera 28, Milano, Italy
11 Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Toulouse-Tarbes, Université de Toulouse, CNRS Toulouse, 31400, France
12 European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany
13 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Padova, Padova, Italy
14 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
15 Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
16 Berkeley Lab & Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
17 Centre de Physique Theorique, UMR 6207 CNRS Université de Provence, 13288 Marseille, France
18 Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France
19 INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via di Frascatti 33, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
Accepted: 15 June 2009
Aims. We study the dependence of galaxy clustering on luminosity and stellar mass at redshifts [0.2–1], using the first 10K redshifts from the zCOSMOS spectroscopic survey of the COSMOS field.
Methods. We measured the redshift-space correlation functions and and the projected function, for subsamples covering different luminosity, mass, and redshift ranges. We explored and quantified in detail the observational selection biases from the flux-limited nature of the survey, using ensembles of realistic semi-analytic mock samples built from the Millennium simulation. We used the same mock data sets to carefully check our covariance and error estimate techniques, comparing the performances of methods based on the scatter in the mocks and on bootstrapping schemes. We finally compared our measurements to the cosmological model predictions from the mock surveys.
Results. At odds with other measurements at similar redshift and in the local Universe, we find a weak dependence of galaxy clustering on luminosity in all three redshift bins explored. A mild dependence on stellar mass is instead observed, in particular on small scales, which becomes particularly evident in the central redshift bin (), where shows strong excess power on scales >1 h-1 Mpc. This is reflected in the shape of the full that we interpret as produced by dominating structures almost perpendicular to the line of sight in the survey volume. Comparing to measurements, we do not see any significant evolution with redshift of the amplitude of clustering for bright and/or massive galaxies.
Conclusions. This is consistent with previous results and the standard picture in which the bias evolves more rapidly for the most massive haloes, which in turn host the highest-stellar-mass galaxies. At the same time, however, the clustering measured in the zCOSMOS 10K data at for galaxies with is only marginally consistent with the predictions from the mock surveys. On scales larger than ~2 h-1 Mpc, the observed clustering amplitude is compatible only with ~1% of the mocks. Thus, if the power spectrum of matter is ΛCDM with standard normalisation and the bias has no “unnatural” scale-dependence, this result indicates that COSMOS has picked up a particularly rare, ~2–3σ positive fluctuation in a volume of ~106 h-1 Mpc3. These findings underline the need for larger surveys of the Universe to appropriately characterise the level of structure at this epoch.
Key words: cosmology: observations / large-scale structure of Universe / surveys / Galaxy: evolution
Based on observation at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) under Large Program 175.A-0839. Also based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA Inc.), under NASA contract NAS 5-26555, with the Subaru Telescope, operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, with the telescopes of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, operated by the AURA under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, and with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, operated by the National Research Council of Canada, the Centre Nationla de la Recherche Scientifique de France and the University of Hawaii.
© ESO, 2009