Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) : the galaxy luminosity function within the cosmic web
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We investigate the dependence of the galaxy luminosity function on geometric environment within the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey. The tidal tensor prescription, based on the Hessian of the pseudo-gravitational potential, is used to classify the cosmic web and define the geometric environments: for a given smoothing scale, we classify every position of the surveyed region, 0.04 < z < 0.26, as either a void, a sheet, a filament or a knot. We consider how to choose appropriate thresholds in the eigenvalues of the Hessian in order to partition the galaxies approximately evenly between environments. We find a significant variation in the luminosity function of galaxies between different geometric environments; the normalization, characterized by phi* in a Schechter function fit, increases by an order of magnitude from voids to knots. The turnover magnitude, characterized by M*, brightens by approximately 0.5 mag from voids to knots. However, we show that the observed modulation can be entirely attributed to the indirect local-density dependence. We therefore find no evidence of a direct influence of the cosmic web on the galaxy luminosity function.
Eardley , E , Peacock , J A , McNaught-Roberts , T , Heymans , C , Norberg , P , Alpaslan , M , Baldry , I , Bland-Hawthorn , J , Brough , S , Cluver , M E , Driver , S P , Farrow , D J , Liske , J , Loveday , J & Robotham , A S G 2015 , ' Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) : the galaxy luminosity function within the cosmic web ' Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol. 448 , no. 4 , pp. 3665-3678 . DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv237
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DescriptionEE acknowledges support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council. TMR acknowledges support from a ERC Starting Grant (DEGAS-259586). CH acknowledges support from the ERC under the EC FP7 grant number 240185. PN acknowledges the support of the Royal Society through the award of a University Research Fellowship and the ERC, through receipt of a Starting Grant (DEGAS- 259586).
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