Searching for large-scale structures around high-redshift radio galaxies with Herschel

Emma E. Rigby (Korresp. Autor*in), N. A. Hatch, H. J. A. Röttgering, Helmut Dannerbauer, Bruce Sibthorpe, Y. K. Chiang, R. Overzier, R. Herbonnet, Stefano Borgani, David L. Clements, Carlos De Breuck, G. De Lucia, J. D. Kurk, F. Maschietto, G. Miley, A. Saro, N. Seymour, B. Venemans

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This paper presents the first results of a far-infrared search for protocluster-associated galaxy overdensities using the Spectral and Photometric Imaging REciever (SPIRE) instrument onboard the Herschel Space Observatory. Large (~400 arcmin 2) fields surrounding 26 powerful high-redshift radio galaxies (2.0 < z < 4.1; L 500MHz > 10 28.5 WHz -1) are mapped at 250, 350 and 500 μm to give a unique wide-field sample. On average, the fields have a higher than expected, compared to blank fields, surface density of 500 μm sources within 6 comoving Mpc of the radio galaxy. The analysis is then restricted to potential protocluster members only, which are identified using a far-infrared colour selection; this reveals significant overdensities of galaxies in two fields, neither of which are previously known protoclusters. The probability of finding two overdensities of this size by chance, given the number of fields observed, is 5 × 10 -4. Overdensities here exist around radio galaxies with L 500MHz ≳ 10 29 WHz -1 and z < 3. The radial extent of the average far-infrared overdensity is found to be ~6 comoving Mpc. Comparison with predictions from numerical simulations shows that the overdensities are consistent with having masses >10 14M⊙. However, the large uncertainty in the redshift estimation means that it is possible that these far-infrared overdensities consist of several structures across the redshift range searched.

Seiten (von - bis)1882-1893
FachzeitschriftMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Jan. 2014

ÖFOS 2012

  • 103003 Astronomie
  • 103004 Astrophysik