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Which haloes host Herschel-ATLAS galaxies in the local Universe?

Guo, Q.; Cole, S.; Lacey, C.G.; Baugh, C.M.; Frenk, C.S.; Norberg, P.; Auld, R.; Baldry, I.K.; Bamford, S.P.; Bourne, N.; Buttiglione, E.S.; Cava, A.; Cooray, A.; Croom, S.; Dariush, A.; de Zotti, G.; Driver, S.; Dunne, L.; Dye, S.; Eales, S.; Fritz, J.; Hopkins, A.; Hopwood, R.; Ibar, E.; Ivison, R.J.; Jarvis, M.; Jones, D.H.; Kelvin, L.; Liske, J.; Loveday, J.; Maddox, S.J.; Parkinson, H.; Pascale, E.; Peacock, J.A.; Pohlen, M.; Prescott, M.; Rigby, E.E.; Robotham, A.; Rodighiero, G.; Sharp, R.; Smith, D.J.B.; Temi, P.; van Kampen, E.

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Q. Guo

R. Auld

I.K. Baldry

S.P. Bamford

N. Bourne

E.S. Buttiglione

A. Cava

A. Cooray

S. Croom

A. Dariush

G. de Zotti

S. Driver

L. Dunne

S. Dye

S. Eales

J. Fritz

A. Hopkins

R. Hopwood

E. Ibar

R.J. Ivison

M. Jarvis

D.H. Jones

L. Kelvin

J. Liske

J. Loveday

S.J. Maddox

H. Parkinson

E. Pascale

J.A. Peacock

M. Pohlen

M. Prescott

E.E. Rigby

A. Robotham

G. Rodighiero

R. Sharp

D.J.B. Smith

P. Temi

E. van Kampen


We measure the projected cross-correlation between low-redshift (z < 0.5) far-infrared selected galaxies in the science demonstration phase (SDP) field of the Herschel-ATLAS (H-ATLAS) survey and optically selected galaxies from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) redshift survey. In order to obtain robust correlation functions, we restrict the analysis to a subset of 969 out of 6900 H-ATLAS galaxies, which have reliable optical counterparts with r < 19.4 mag and well-determined spectroscopic redshifts. The overlap region between the two surveys is 12.6 deg2; the matched sample has a median redshift of z≈ 0.2. The cross-correlation of GAMA and H-ATLAS galaxies within this region can be fitted by a power law, with correlation length r0≈ 4.63 ± 0.51 Mpc. Comparing with the corresponding autocorrelation function of GAMA galaxies within the SDP field yields a relative bias (averaged over 2–8 Mpc) of H-ATLAS and GAMA galaxies of bH/bG≈ 0.6. Combined with clustering measurements from previous optical studies, this indicates that most of the low-redshift H-ATLAS sources are hosted by haloes with masses comparable to that of the Milky Way. The correlation function appears to depend on the 250-μm luminosity, L250, with bright (median luminosity νL250∼ 1.6 × 1010 L⊙) objects being somewhat more strongly clustered than faint (νL250∼ 4.0 × 109 L⊙) objects. This implies that galaxies with higher dust-obscured star formation rates are hosted by more massive haloes.


Guo, Q., Cole, S., Lacey, C., Baugh, C., Frenk, C., Norberg, P., …van Kampen, E. (2011). Which haloes host Herschel-ATLAS galaxies in the local Universe?. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 412(4), 2277-2285.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 21, 2011
Deposit Date Apr 19, 2011
Publicly Available Date Dec 15, 2014
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 412
Issue 4
Pages 2277-2285
Keywords Galaxies: haloes, Dark matter, Infrared: galaxies.
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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2011 RAS. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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