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An empirical measurement of the Halo Mass Function from the combination of GAMA DR4, SDSS DR12, and REFLEX II data

Driver, SP, Robotham, ASG, Obreschkow, D, Peacock, JA, Baldry, IK, Bellstedt, S, Bland-Hawthorn, J, Brough, S, Cluver, ME, Holwerda, BW, Hopkins, A, Lagos, C, Liske, J, Loveday, J, Phillipps, S and Taylor, EN An empirical measurement of the Halo Mass Function from the combination of GAMA DR4, SDSS DR12, and REFLEX II data. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. ISSN 0035-8711 (Accepted)

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Abstract

We construct the halo mass function (HMF) from the GAMA galaxy group catalogue over the mass range 1012.7 M⊙ to 1015.5 M⊙, and find good agreement with the expectation from ΛCDM. In comparison to previous studies, this result extends the mass range over which the HMF has now been measured over by an order of magnitude. We combine the GAMA DR4 HMF with similar data from the SDSS DR12 and REFLEX II surveys, and fit a four-parameter Murray-Robotham-Power (MRP) function, valid at z~≈0.1⁠, yielding: a density normalization of: log10(φ* Mpc3)=−3.96+0.55−0.82⁠, a high mass turn-over of: log10(M* M−1⊙)=14.13+0.43−0.40⁠, a low mass power law slope of: α=−1.68+0.21−0.24⁠, and a high mass softening parameter of: β=0.63+0.25−0.11⁠. If we fold in the constraint on ΩM from Planck 2018 Cosmology, we are able to reduce these uncertainties further, but this relies on the assumption that the power-law trend can be extrapolated from 1012.7 M⊙ to zero mass. Throughout, we highlight the effort needed to improve on our HMF measurement: improved halo mass estimates that do not rely on calibration to simulations; reduced halo mass uncertainties needed to mitigate the strong Eddington Bias that arises from the steepness of the HMF low mass slope; and deeper wider area spectroscopic surveys. To our halo mass limit of 1012.7 M⊙, we are directly resolving (‘seeing’) 41 ± 5 per cent of the total mass density, i.e. ΩM, >12.7 = 0.128 ± 0.016, opening the door for the direct construction of 3D dark matter mass maps at Mpc resolution.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society following peer review. The version of record Simon P Driver, Aaron S G Robotham, Danail Obreschkow, John A Peacock, Ivan K Baldry, Sabine Bellstedt, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sarah Brough, Michelle Cluver, Benne W Holwerda, Andrew Hopkins, Claudia Lagos, Jochen Liske, Jon Loveday, Steven Phillipps, Edward N Taylor, An empirical measurement of the Halo Mass function from the combination of GAMA DR4, SDSS DR12, and REFLEX II data, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2022;, stac581, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stac581.
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph.CO; astro-ph.CO
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 11:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/mnras/stac581
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16779

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