The VIMOS VLT Deep Survey - Testing the gravitational instability paradigm at z ∼ 1
C. Marinoni, L. Guzzo, A. Cappi, O. Le Fèvre, A. Mazure, B. Meneux, A. Pollo, A. Iovino, H. J. McCracken, R. Scaramella, S. de la Torre, J. M. Virey, D. Bottini, B. Garilli, V. Le Brun, D. Maccagni, J.-P. Picat, M. Scodeggio, L. Tresse, G. Vettolani, A. Zanichelli, C. Adami, S. Arnouts, S. Bardelli, M. Bolzonella, S. Charlot, P. Ciliegi, T. Contini, S. Foucaud, P. Franzetti, I. Gavignaud, O. Ilbert, F. Lamareille, B. Marano, G. Mathez, R. Merighi, S. Paltani, R. Pellò, L. Pozzetti, M. Radovich, D. Vergani, G. Zamorani, E. Zucca, U. Abbas, M. Bondi, A. Bongiorno, J. Brinchmann, A. Buzzi, O. Cucciati, L. de Ravel, L. Gregorini, Y. Mellier, P. Merluzzi, E. Pérez-Montero, P. Taxil, S. Temporin, C. J. Walcher
We have reconstructed the three-dimensional density fluctuation maps to z ∼ 1.5 using the distribution of galaxies observed in the VVDS-Deep survey. We use this overdensity field to measure the evolution of the probability distribution function and its lower-order moments over the redshift interval 0.7 < z < 1.5. We apply a self-consistent reconstruction scheme which includes a complete non-linear description of galaxy biasing and which has been thoroughly tested on realistic mock samples. We find that the variance and skewness of the galaxy distribution evolve over this redshift interval in a way that is remarkably consistent with predictions of first- and second-order perturbation theory. This finding confirms the standard gravitational instability paradigm over nearly 9 Gyr of cosmic time and demonstrates the importance of accounting for the non-linear component of galaxy biasing to consistently reproduce the higher-order moments of the galaxy distribution and their evolution.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 487, Page 7
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