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Preliminary clustering properties of the DESI BGS bright targets using DR9 Legacy Imaging Surveys

Zarrouk, Pauline; Ruiz-Macias, Omar; Cole, Shaun; Norberg, Peder; Baugh, Carlton; Brooks, David; Gaztañaga, Enrique; Kitanidis, Ellie; Kehoe, Robert; Landriau, Martin; Moustakas, John; Prada, Francisco; Tarlé, Gregory

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Authors

Omar Ruiz-Macias

David Brooks

Enrique Gaztañaga

Ellie Kitanidis

Robert Kehoe

Martin Landriau

John Moustakas

Francisco Prada

Gregory Tarlé



Abstract

We characterize the selection cuts and clustering properties of a magnitude-limited sample of bright galaxies that is part of the Bright Galaxy Survey (BGS) of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) using the ninth data release of the Legacy Imaging Surveys (DR9). We describe changes in the DR9 selection compared to the DR8 one and we also compare the DR9 selection in three distinct regions: BASS/MzLS in the north Galactic Cap (NGC), DECaLS in the NGC, and DECaLS in the south Galactic Cap (SGC). We investigate the systematics associated with the selection and assess its completeness by matching the BGS targets with the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey. We measure the angular clustering for the overall bright sample (rmag ≤ 19.5) and as function of apparent magnitude and colour. This enables to determine the clustering strength r0 and slope γ by fitting a power-law model that can be used to generate accurate mock catalogues for this tracer. We use a counts-in-cells technique to explore higher order statistics and cross-correlations with external spectroscopic data sets in order to check the evolution of the clustering with redshift and the redshift distribution of the BGS targets using clustering redshifts. While this work validates the properties of the BGS bright targets, the final target selection pipeline and clustering properties of the entire DESI BGS will be fully characterized and validated with the spectroscopic data of Survey Validation.

Citation

Zarrouk, P., Ruiz-Macias, O., Cole, S., Norberg, P., Baugh, C., Brooks, D., …Tarlé, G. (2022). Preliminary clustering properties of the DESI BGS bright targets using DR9 Legacy Imaging Surveys. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 509(1), 1478-1493. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stab2814

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 2, 2021
Publication Date 2022-01
Deposit Date Mar 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 18, 2022
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 509
Issue 1
Pages 1478-1493
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stab2814

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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2021, The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.







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