Herschel-ATLAS/GAMA: Spatial clustering of low-redshift submm galaxies

Daniel Smith, S. Maddox, L. Dunne, E. Rigby, S. Bamford, M.J. Jarvis, D.G. Bonfield, D. Hill, A.M. Hopkins, R. Sharp, I. Valtchanov, J.A. Peacock, M. J. Michałowski, P. van der Werf, R. Auld, J.S. Dunlop, H. Parkinson, P. Norberg, S. Eales, E. PascaleM. Pohlen, M. Baes, J. Fritz, D. Scott, A. Robotham, S. Driver, L. Kelvin, E. Ibar, R.J. Ivison, J. Loveday, I.K. Baldry, M. Prescott, E. Cameron, S. Croom, S. Buttiglione, G. de Zotti, A. Cava, A. Cooray, A. Dariush, G. Rodighiero, P. Temi, S. Serjeant, C.C. Popescu, R. J. Tuffs, E. van Kampen, J. Liske

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We have measured the clustering properties of low-redshift (z <0.3) submm galaxies detected at 250 μm in the Herschel-ATLAS science demonstration phase field. We selected a sample for which we have high-quality spectroscopic redshifts, obtained from reliably matching the 250-μm sources to a complete (for r <19.4) sample of galaxies from the GAMA data base. Both the angular and spatial clustering strength are measured for all z <0.3 sources as well as for five redshift slices with thickness Δz = 0.05 in the range 0.05 <z <0.3. Our measured spatial clustering length r is comparable to that of optically selected, moderately star-forming (blue) galaxies: we find values around 5Mpc. One of the redshift bins contains an interesting structure, at z = 0.164.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3455-3463
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Early online date22 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2012


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