Galaxy groups in the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the catalogue

Authors

  • Manuel Merchán,

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    1. Grupo de Investigaciones en Astronomía Teórica y Experimental, IATE, Observatorio Astronómico, Laprida 854, Córdoba, Argentina
    2. Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina
      ★ E-mail: manuel@oac.uncor.edu
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  • Ariel Zandivarez

    1. Grupo de Investigaciones en Astronomía Teórica y Experimental, IATE, Observatorio Astronómico, Laprida 854, Córdoba, Argentina
    2. Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina
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★ E-mail: manuel@oac.uncor.edu

Abstract

We construct a galaxy groups catalogue from the public 100-K data release of the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey. The group identification is carried out using a slightly modified version of the group-finding algorithm developed by Huchra & Geller. Several tests using mock catalogues allow us to find the optimal conditions to increase the reliability of the final group sample. A minimum number of four members, an outer number density enhancement of 80 and a linking radial cut-off of 200 km s−1 are the best obtained values from the analysis. Using these parameters, approximately 90 per cent of groups identified in real space have a redshift space counterpart. On the other hand, the level of contamination in redshift space reaches 30 per cent, including ∼6 per cent of artificial groups and ∼24 per cent of groups associated with binaries or triplets in real space. The final sample comprises 2209 galaxy groups covering the sky region described by Colless et al.spanning over the redshift range of 0.003 ≤z≤ 0.25 with a mean redshift of 0.1.

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