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The Omega Dependence of the Evolution of xi(r)

  • Colin, P.
  • Carlberg, R. G.
  • Couchman, H. M. P.
Publication Date
Aug 05, 1997
Submission Date
Apr 12, 1996
DOI: 10.1086/304838
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The evolution of the two-point correlation function, xi(r,z), and the pairwise velocity dispersion, sigma(r,z), for both the matter and halo population, in three different cosmological models: (Omega_M,Omega_Lambda)=(1,0), (0.2,0) and (0.2,0.8) are described. If the evolution of xi is parameterized by xi(r,z)=(1+z)^{-(3+eps)}xi(r,0), where xi(r,0)=(r/r_0)^{-gamma}, then eps(mass) ranges from 1.04 +/- 0.09 for (1,0) to 0.18 +/- 0.12 for (0.2,0), as measured by the evolution of at 1 Mpc (from z ~ 5 to the present epoch). For halos, eps depends on their mean overdensity. Halos with a mean overdensity of about 2000 were used to compute the halo two-point correlation function tested with two different group finding algorithms: the friends of friends and the spherical overdensity algorithm. It is certainly believed that the rate of growth of this xihh will give a good estimate of the evolution of the galaxy two-point correlation function, at least from z ~ 1 to the present epoch. The values we get for eps(halos) range from 1.54 for (1,0) to -0.36 for (0.2,0), as measured by the evolution of xi(halos) from z ~ 1.0 to the present epoch. These values could be used to constrain the cosmological scenario. The evolution of the pairwise velocity dispersion for the mass and halo distribution is measured and compared with the evolution predicted by the Cosmic Virial Theorem (CVT). According to the CVT, sigma(r,z)^2 ~ G Q rho(z) r^2 xi(r,z) or sigma proportional to (1+z)^{-eps/2}. The values of eps measured from our simulated velocities differ from those given by the evolution of xi and the CVT, keeping gamma and Q constant: eps(CVT) = 1.78 +/- 0.13 for (1,0) or 1.40 +/- 0.28 for (0.2,0).

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