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Paper: A Simple Isolation Criterion Based on 3D Redshift Space (α,δ,z) Mapping
Volume: 421, Galaxies in Isolation: Exploring Nature Versus Nurture
Page: 27
Authors: Spector, O.; Brosch, N.
Abstract: We selected a sample of galaxies, extremely isolated in 3D redshift space, based on data from NED and the ongoing ALFALFA HI (21cm) survey. A simple selection criterion was employed: having no neighbors closer than 300 km·s-1 in 3D redshift space (α,δ,z). The environments of galaxies, selected using this criterion and NED data alone, were analyzed theoretically using a constrained simulation of the local Universe, and were found to be an order of magnitude less dense than environments around randomly selected galaxies. One third of the galaxies selected using NED data alone did not pass the criterion when tested with ALFALFA data, implying that the use of unbiased HI data significantly improves the quality of the sample.
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