Journal Article

Note on galaxy catalogues in UHECR flux modelling

Hylke B. J. Koers and Peter Tinyakov

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 403, issue 4, pages 2131-2136
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16249.x
Note on galaxy catalogues in UHECR flux modelling

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We consider the dependence of ultra-high energy cosmic ray (UHECR) flux predictions on the choice of galaxy catalogue. We demonstrate that model predictions by Koers and Tinyakov, based on the so-called KKKST catalogue, are in good agreement with predictions based on the XSCz catalogue, a recently compiled catalogue that contains spectroscopic redshifts for a large fraction of galaxies. This agreement refutes the claim by Kashti that the KKKST catalogue is not suited for studies of UHECR anisotropy due to its dependence on photometric redshift estimates. In order to quantify the effect of galaxy catalogues on flux predictions, we develop a measure of anisotropies associated with model flux maps. This measure offers a general criterion to study the effect of model parameters and assumptions on the predicted strength of UHECR anisotropies.

Keywords: catalogues; cosmic rays; large-scale structure of Universe

Journal Article.  4659 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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