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Keywords:

  • cosmological parameters;
  • dark matter;
  • large-scale structure of Universe

ABSTRACT

Using the nearly full-sky Ks= 11.75 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS; Huchra et al.) of ∼45 000 galaxies, we reconstruct the underlying peculiar velocity field and constrain the cosmological bulk flow within ∼100 h−1 Mpc. These results are obtained by maximizing the probability to estimate the absolute magnitude of a galaxy given its observed apparent magnitude and redshift. At a depth of ≈60 h−1 Mpc, we find a bulk flow inline image in agreement with the theoretical predictions of the Λ cold dark matter model. The reconstructed peculiar velocity field inline image that maximizes the likelihood is characterized by the parameter β= 0.32 ± 0.08. Both results are in agreement with those obtained previously using the ∼23 000 galaxies of the shallower Ks= 11.25 2MRS survey.

In our analysis, we find that the luminosity function of 2MRS galaxies is poorly fitted by the Schechter form and that luminosity evolves such that objects become fainter with increasing redshift according to L(z) =L(z= 0)(1 +z)+2.7 ± 0.15.