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Filaments from the galaxy distribution and from the velocity field in the local universe

Abstract : The cosmic web that characterizes the large-scale structure of the Universe can be quantified by a variety of methods. For example, large redshift surveys can be used in combination with point process algorithms to extract long curvilinear filaments in the galaxy distribution. Alternatively, given a full 3D reconstruction of the velocity field, kinematic techniques can be used to decompose the web into voids, sheets, filaments and knots. In this paper we look at how two such algorithms - the Bisous model and the velocity shear web - compare with each other in the local Universe (within 100 Mpc), finding good agreement. This is both remarkable and comforting, given that the two methods are radically different in ideology and applied to completely independent and different data sets. Unsurprisingly, the methods are in better agreement when applied to unbiased and complete data sets, like cosmological simulations, than when applied to observational samples. We conclude that more observational data is needed to improve on these methods, but that both methods are most likely properly tracing the underlying distribution of matter in the Universe.
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Submitted on : Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 11:30:00 AM
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N.I. Libeskind, E. Tempel, Y. Hoffman, R.B. Tully, H. Courtois. Filaments from the galaxy distribution and from the velocity field in the local universe. Monthly Notice- Royal Astronomical Society -Letters-, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, 453 (1), pp.1-6. ⟨10.1093/mnrasl/slv099⟩. ⟨in2p3-01158964⟩



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