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The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the amplitudes of fluctuations in the 2dFGRS and the CMB, and implications for galaxy biasing

Lahav, O; Bridle, SL; Percival, WJ; Peacock, JA; Efstathiou, G; Baugh, CM; Bland-Hawthorn, J; ... Taylor, K; + view all (2002) The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the amplitudes of fluctuations in the 2dFGRS and the CMB, and implications for galaxy biasing. MON NOT R ASTRON SOC , 333 (4) 961 - 968. Green open access

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Abstract

We compare the amplitudes of fluctuations probed by the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (2dFGRS) and by the latest measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies. By combining the 2dFGRS and CMB data, we find the linear-theory rms mass fluctuations in 8 h (-1) Mpc spheres to be sigma (8m) =0.73+/-0.05 (after marginalization over the matter density parameter Omega(m) and three other free parameters). This normalization is lower than the COBE normalization and previous estimates from cluster abundance, but it is in agreement with some revised cluster abundance determinations. We also estimate the scale-independent bias parameter of present-epoch L (s) =1.9L * APM-selected galaxies to be b (L (s) ,z =0)=1.10+/-0.08 on comoving scales of 0.02<k <0.15 h Mpc(-1). If luminosity segregation operates on these scales, L * galaxies would be almost unbiased, b (L (*) , z =0)approximate to0.96. These results are derived by assuming a flat LambdaCDM Universe, and by marginalizing over other free parameters and fixing the spectral index n =1 and the optical depth due to reionization tau =0. We also study the best-fitting pair (Omega(m) , b ), and the robustness of the results to varying n and tau . Various modelling corrections can each change the resulting b by 5-15 per cent. The results are compared with other independent measurements from the 2dFGRS itself, and from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), cluster abundance and cosmic shear.

Type: Article
Title: The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the amplitudes of fluctuations in the 2dFGRS and the CMB, and implications for galaxy biasing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Keywords: surveys, galaxies : general, galaxies : statistics, cosmic microwave background, cosmology : miscellaneous, POWER-SPECTRUM, COBE NORMALIZATION, RICH CLUSTERS, MAXIMA-1, PARAMETERS, LUMINOSITY, DEPENDENCE, EVOLUTION, ABUNDANCE, UNIVERSE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Physics and Astronomy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9692
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