Volume 370, Number 2, May I 2001
|Page(s)||358 - 364|
|Published online||15 May 2001|
Scaling analysis of galaxy distribution in the Las Campanas Redshift Survey data
Department of Physics, Ochanomizu University, 2-2-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan
2 Institute for Gender Studies, Ochanomizu University, 2-2-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan
3 Meteorological Research Institute, 1-1 Nagamine, Tsukuba 305-0052, Japan
Corresponding author: T. Kurokawa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 23 November 2000
The Las Campanas Redshift Survey data are used to investigate structures ofthe galaxy number distribution. We construct two volume-limited samples with sizes of and h-1 Mpc, and calculate the second- to ninth-order moments with the count-in-cell method. The galaxy distribution at ≥30 h-1 Mpc is found to be statistically homogeneous. On the other hand, we find a multifractal scaling at <30 h-1 Mpc. From the scaling exponent, we obtain the generalized dimension, which decreases from 2 toward 1 as the order is increased from 2 to 9. Galaxies are known to lie, around voids, in planar structures with filamentary dense regions. The present result indicates that these void-filament structures are predominant up to 30 h-1 Mpc. Statistically, they appear to be the largest-scale significant structures in the Universe.
Key words: cosmology: observations / large-scale structure of Universe / methods: statistical
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