Query : 2003A&A...405...53O

2003A&A...405...53O - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 405, 53-72 (2003/7-1)

The spatial clustering of radio sources in NVSS and FIRST: implications for galaxy clustering evolution.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have measured the angular correlation function, w(θ), of radio sources in the 1.4 GHz NVSS and FIRST radio surveys. Below ∼6' the signal is dominated by the size distribution of classical double radio galaxies, an effect underestimated in some previous studies. We model the physical size distribution of FRII radio galaxies to account for this excess signal in w(θ). The amplitude of the true cosmological clustering of radio sources is roughly constant at A≃1 x10–3 for flux limits of 3-40mJy, but has increased to A≃7x10–3 at 200mJy. This can be explained if powerful (FRII) radio galaxies probe significantly more massive structures compared to radio galaxies of average power at z∼1. This is consistent with powerful high-redshift radio galaxies generally having massive (forming) elliptical hosts in rich (proto-)cluster environments. For FRIIs we derive a spatial (comoving) correlation length of r0=14±3h–1Mpc. This is remarkably close to that measured for extremely red objects (EROs) associated with a population of old elliptical galaxies at z∼1 by Daddi et al. (2001A&A...376..825D). Based on their similar clustering properties, we propose that EROs and powerful radio galaxies may be the same systems seen at different evolutionary stages. Their r0 is ∼2xhigher than that of QSOs at a similar redshift, and comparable to that of bright ellipticals locally. This suggests that r0 (comoving) of these galaxies has changed little from z∼1 to z=0, in agreement with current ΛCDM hierarchical merging models for the clustering evolution of massive early-type galaxies. Alternatively, the clustering of radio galaxies can be explained by the galaxy conservation model. This then implies that radio galaxies of average power are the progenitors of the local field population of early-types, while the most powerful radio galaxies will evolve into a present-day population with r0 comparable to that of local rich clusters.

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Journal keyword(s): cosmology: large-scale structure of Universe - galaxies: active - galaxies: statistics - radio continuum: galaxies - surveys

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 3C 48 QSO 01 37 41.2996631208 +33 09 35.080388820   16.62 16.20     ~ 2697 2
2 3C 84 Sy2 03 19 48.1599902040 +41 30 42.108850836   13.10 12.48 11.09   ~ 3809 3
3 NGC 1316 GiP 03 22 41.789 -37 12 29.52 9.81 9.15 8.53 7.66   ~ 1302 1
4 NAME Per B AGN 04 37 04.37510272 +29 40 13.8184969   21.7       ~ 498 2
5 QSO B0521-365 BLL 05 22 57.9841341216 -36 27 30.847204512   15.26 14.62 14.48   ~ 782 2

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