Astrophys. J., 530, 625-651 (2000/February-3)
The surface brightness fluctuation survey of galaxy distances. II. Local and large-scale flows.
TONRY J.L., BLAKESLEE J.P., AJHAR E.A. and DRESSLER A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present results from the Surface Brightness Fluctuation (SBF) Survey for the distances to 300 early-type galaxies, of which approximately half are ellipticals. A modest change in the zero point of the SBF relation, derived by using Cepheid distances to spirals with SBF measurements, yields a Hubble constant H0=77±4±7 km.s–1.Mpc–1, somewhat larger than the HST Key Project result. We discuss how this difference arises from a different choice of zero point, a larger sample of galaxies, and a different model for large-scale flows. Our result is 4% larger than found in a recent comparison of the SBF Survey peculiar velocities with predictions derived from the galaxy density field measured by redshift surveys (Blakeslee et al. 1999b). The zero point of the SBF relation is the largest source of uncertainty, and our value for H0 is subject to all the systematic uncertainties of the Key Project zero point, including a 5% decrease if a metallicity correction for the Cepheids is adopted. To analyze local and large-scale flows–departures from smooth Hubble flow–we use a parametric model for the distribution function of mean velocity and velocity dispersion at each point in space. These models include a uniform thermal velocity dispersion and spherical attractors whose position, amplitude, and radial shape are free to vary. Our modeling procedure performs a maximum likelihood fit of the model to the observations. Our models rule out a uniform Hubble flow as an acceptable fit to the data. Inclusion of two attractors, one of which having a best-fit location coincident with the Virgo cluster and the other having a fit location slightly beyond the Centaurus clusters (which we refer to by convention as the Great Attractor), reduces χ2/N from 2.1 to 1.1. The fits to these attractors both have radial profiles such that v~r–1 (i.e., isothermal) over a range of overdensity between about 10 and 1, but fall off more steeply at larger radius. The best-fit value for the small-scale, cosmic thermal velocity is 180±14 km.s–1. The quality of the fit can be further improved by the addition of a quadrupole correction to the Hubble flow. The dipole velocity offset from the CMB frame for the volume we survey (amplitude ∼150 km.s–1) and the quadrupole may be genuine (though weak) manifestations of more distant density fluctuations, but we find evidence that they are more likely due to the inadequacy of spherical models to describe the density profile of the attractors. The residual dipole we find is comparable to the systematic error in these simple, parametrized models; in other words, our survey volume of R<3000 km.s–1 is, in a mass averaged sense, essentially at rest with respect to the CMB. This contradicts claims of large amplitude flows in much larger volumes that include our sample. Our best-fitting model, which uses attenuated power-law mass distributions for the two attractors, has enclosed mass overdensities at the Local Group of 7x1014 M☉ for the Virgo Attractor and 9x1015 M☉ for the Great Attractor. Without recourse to information about the overdensities of these attractors with respect to the cosmic mean we cannot provide a good constraint on ΩM, but our data do give us accurate measurements in terms of δ, the overdensities of the enclosed masses with respect to the background: δ Ω2/3M=0.33 for the Virgo Attractor and δ Ω2/3M=0.27 for the Great Attractor.
Cosmology: Distance Scale - galaxies: clusters: individual (Virgo, Centaurus) - Galaxies: Distances and Redshifts - Cosmology: Large-Scale Structure of Universe
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