The VIMOS public extragalactic redshift survey: searching for cosmic voids

D. Micheletti, A. Iovino, A. J. Hawken, B. R. Granett, M. Bolzonella, A. Cappi, L. Guzzo, U. Abbas, C. Adami, S. Arnouts, J. Bel, D. Bottini, E. Branchini, J. Coupon, O. Cucciati, I. Davidzon, G. De Lucia, S. de la Torre, A. Fritz, P. FranzettiM. Fumana, B. Garilli, O. Ilbert, J. Krywult, V. Le Brun, O. Le Fèvre, D. Maccagni, K. Małek, F. Marulli, H. J. McCracken, M. Polletta, A. Pollo, C. Schimd, M. Scodeggio, L. A. M. Tasca, R. Tojeiro, D. Vergani, A. Zanichelli, A. Burden, C. Di Porto, A. Marchetti, C. Marinoni, Y. Mellier, T. Moutard, L. Moscardini, R. C. Nichol, J. A. Peacock, W. J. Percival, G. Zamorani

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Context. The characterisation of cosmic voids gives unique information about the large-scale distribution of galaxies, their evolution, and the cosmological model. Aims. We identify and characterise cosmic voids in the VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS) at redshift 0:55 <z < 0:9. Methods. A new void search method is developed based upon the identification of empty spheres that fit between galaxies. The method can be used to characterise the cosmic voids despite the presence of complex survey boundaries and internal gaps. We investigate the impact of systematic observational eects and validate the method against mock catalogues. We measure the void size distribution and the void-galaxy correlation function. Results. We construct a catalogue of voids in VIPERS. The distribution of voids is found to agree well with the distribution of voids found in mock catalogues. The void-galaxy correlation function shows indications of outflow velocity from the voids.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberA106
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2014


  • astro-ph.CO
  • galaxies:general
  • large-scale structure of universe
  • cosmology: observations
  • RCUK
  • STFC


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