Clustering of Galaxies in HST Medium-Deep Survey Images

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Session 71 -- Galaxy and CBR Distribution
Display presentation, Friday, January 14, 9:30-6:45, Salons I/II Room (Crystal Gateway)

[71.05] Clustering of Galaxies in HST Medium-Deep Survey Images

S. Casertano, L. W. Neuschaefer, R. E. Griffiths, K. U. Ratnatunga (Johns Hopkins University), R. A. Windhorst (Arizona State University), R. S. Ellis, G. Gilmore (IoA, Cambridge), R. F. Green (NOAO), J. P. Huchra (CfA), G. D. Illingworth, D. C. Koo (UCSC), A. Tyson (Bell Labs)

We report on the distribution and clustering of faint galaxies in approximately 20 HST Wide Field Camera images of random fields, taken as part of the Medium-Deep Survey Key Project. Limiting magnitudes in the V-band vary from 22 to 25, depending on the length of the exposure and the sky background; each image contains between several tens and a few hundred galaxies. The clustering is studied both by estimating the two-point correlation function and via a nearest-neighbor algorithm. Preliminary results indicate that up to 20\% of the galaxies may be in small groups containing 5--8 objects within a few hundred kpc, and a similar number are in pairs with separation not exceeding 30 kpc. The implications on the merging rate at moderate redshifts are discussed.

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