Comparison of the correlation functions of bright and faint galaxies

  • J. Hollósi
  • G. Efstathiou
I Two-Dimensional Distribution of Galaxies
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 310)


It is a generally accepted assumption that correlation is independent of absolute magnitude. We choose two samples from the CfA galaxy catalogue: bright galaxies with magnitudes M ≤ 19.16 and faint galaxies with M ≥ 17.16. We have found that the bright galaxies are significantly stronger correlated than the faint galaxies. In the most characteristic range of separations the ratio of pair-frequencies is nearly constant: (ζbright(r) ± 1)1(ζfaint(r) + 1) = 2.15 ± 0.1 for 2 Mpc ≤ r ≤ 8 Mpc.


  1. Efstathiou, G., Ellis, R.S., Peterson, B.A., 1988. Mon. Not. R. astr. Soc, 232, 431.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Hollósi
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Efstathiou
    • 3
  1. 1.Space Telescope Science InstituteBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Roland Eötvös UniversityBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Institute of AstronomyCambridge, EnglandUK

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