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Assessing the reliability of friends-of-friends groups on the future Javalambre Physics of the Accelerating Universe Astrophysical Survey

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Author(s):
Zandivarez, A. [1, 2, 3] ; Diaz-Gimenez, E. [1, 2, 3] ; Mendes de Oliveira, C. [3] ; Ascaso, B. [4] ; Benitez, N. [4] ; Dupke, R. [5, 6, 7] ; Sodre, Jr., L. [3] ; Irwin, J. [8]
Total Authors: 8
Affiliation:
[1] Consejo Nacl Invest Cient & Tecn, IATE, Inst Astron Teor & Expt, Cordoba - Argentina
[2] Univ Nacl Cordoba, Astron Observ, RA-5000 Cordoba - Argentina
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, IAG, Inst Astron Geofis & Ciencias Atmosfer, BR-09500900 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] CSIC, Inst Astrofis Andalucia, E-18008 Granada - Spain
[5] Univ Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 - USA
[6] Eureka Sci Inc, Oakland, CA 94602 - USA
[7] Observ Nacl, BR-20921400 Rio De Janeiro - Brazil
[8] Univ Alabama, Dept Phys & Astron, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 - USA
Total Affiliations: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: Astronomy & Astrophysics; v. 561, JAN 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 10
Abstract

Aims. We have performed a detailed analysis of the ability of the friends-of-friends algorithm to identify real galaxy systems in deep surveys such as the future Javalambre Physics of the Accelerating Universe Astrophysical Survey. Our approach was twofold: assessing the reliability of the algorithm in real and in redshift space. In the latter, our intention was also to determine the degree of accuracy that could be achieved when using spectroscopic or photometric-redshift determinations as a distance indicator. Methods. We built a light-cone mock catalogue using synthetic galaxies constructed from the Millennium Run Simulation I plus a semi-analytical model of galaxy formation. We explored different ways to define the proper linking length parameters of the algorithm to identify the best-suited galaxy groups in each case. Results. We found that when one identifies systems in redshift space using spectroscopic information, the linking lengths should take into account the variation of the luminosity function with redshift as well as the linear redshift dependence of the radial fiducial velocity in the line-of-sight direction. When we tested the purity and completeness of the group samples, we found that the best resulting group sample reaches values of similar to 40% and similar to 70% of systems with high levels of purity and completeness, when spectroscopic information was used. To identify systems using photometric redshifts, we adopted a probabilistic approach to link galaxies in the line-of-sight direction. Our result suggests that it is possible to identify a sample of groups with fewer than similar to 40% false identifications at the same time as we recover around 60% of the true groups. Conclusions. This modified version of the algorithm can be applied to deep surveys provided that the linking lengths are selected appropriately for the science to be made with the data. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 06/56213-9 - New physics from space: formation and evolution of structures in the universe
Grantee:Claudia Lucia Mendes de Oliveira
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants