Journal Article

Galaxy groups and clouds in the local (<i>z</i>∼ 0.01) Universe

Dmitry Makarov and Igor Karachentsev

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 412, issue 4, pages 2498-2520
Published in print April 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Galaxy groups and clouds in the local (z∼ 0.01) Universe

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We present an all-sky catalogue of 395 nearby galaxy groups revealed in the Local Supercluster and its surroundings. The groups and their associations are identified among 10 914 galaxies at |b| > 15° with radial velocities VLG < 3500 km s−1. Our group-finding algorithm requires the group members to be located inside their zero-velocity surface. Hereby, we assume that individual galaxy masses are proportional to their total K-band luminosities, M/LK= 6 M/L.

The sample of our groups, where each group has n≥ 4 members, is characterized by the following medians: mean projected radius 〈R〉= 268 kpc, radial velocity dispersion σV= 74 km s−1, K-band luminosity LK= 1.2 × 1011 L, virial and projected masses Mvir= 2.4 × 1012 and Mp= 3.3 × 1012 M, respectively. Accounting for measurement error reduces the median masses by 30 per cent. For 97 per cent of identified groups the crossing time does not exceed the cosmic time, 13.7 Gyr, with the median at 3.8 Gyr.

We examine different properties of the groups, in particular of the known nearby groups and clusters in Virgo and Fornax. About a quarter of our groups can be classified as fossil groups where the dominant galaxy is at least 10 times brighter than the other group members.

In total, our algorithm identifies 54 per cent of galaxies to be members of groups. Together with triple systems and pairs they gather 82 per cent of the K-band light in the local Universe. We have obtained the local value of matter density to be Ωm= 0.08 ± 0.02 within a distance of ∼40 Mpc assuming H0= 73 km s−1 Mpc−1. It is significantly smaller than the cosmic value, 0.28, in the standard ΛCDM model. The discrepancy between the global and local quantities of Ωm may be caused by the existence of a dark matter component unrelated to the virial masses of the galaxy systems.

Keywords: catalogues; galaxies: groups: general; cosmological parameters

Journal Article.  11428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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