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The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: spherical harmonics analysis of fluctuations in the final catalogue

Percival, W.J.; Burkey, D.; Heavens, A.; Taylor, A.; Cole, S.; Peacock, J.A.; Baugh, C.M.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Bridges, T.; Cannon, R.; Colless, M.; Collins, C.; Couch, W.; Dalton, G.; De Propris, R.; Driver, S.P.; Efstathiou, G.; Ellis, R.S.; Frenk, C.S.; Glazebrook, K.; Jackson, C.; Lahav, O.; Lewis, I.; Lumsden, S.; Maddox, S.; Norberg, P.; Peterson, B.A.; Sutherland, W.; Taylor, K.


W.J. Percival

D. Burkey

A. Heavens

A. Taylor

J.A. Peacock

J. Bland-Hawthorn

T. Bridges

R. Cannon

M. Colless

C. Collins

W. Couch

G. Dalton

R. De Propris

S.P. Driver

G. Efstathiou

R.S. Ellis

K. Glazebrook

C. Jackson

O. Lahav

I. Lewis

S. Lumsden

S. Maddox

B.A. Peterson

W. Sutherland

K. Taylor


We present the result of a decomposition of the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (2dFGRS) galaxy overdensity field into an orthonormal basis of spherical harmonics and spherical Bessel functions. Galaxies are expected to directly follow the bulk motion of the density field on large scales, so the absolute amplitude of the observed large‐scale redshift‐space distortions caused by this motion is expected to be independent of galaxy properties. By splitting the overdensity field into radial and angular components, we linearly model the observed distortion and obtain the cosmological constraint Ω0.6mσ8= 0.46 ± 0.06. The amplitude of the linear redshift‐space distortions relative to the galaxy overdensity field is dependent on galaxy properties and, for L* galaxies at redshift z= 0, we measure β(L*, 0) = 0.58 ± 0.08, and the amplitude of the overdensity fluctuations b(L*, 0)σ8= 0.79 ± 0.03, marginalizing over the power spectrum shape parameters. Assuming a fixed power spectrum shape consistent with the full Fourier analysis produces very similar parameter constraints.


Percival, W., Burkey, D., Heavens, A., Taylor, A., Cole, S., Peacock, J., …Taylor, K. (2004). The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: spherical harmonics analysis of fluctuations in the final catalogue. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 353(4), 1201-1218.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2004-10
Deposit Date Apr 19, 2011
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 353
Issue 4
Pages 1201-1218
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