Intercluster filaments of galaxies programme: pilot study survey and results

Kevin Alan Pimbblet, Michael John Drinkwater

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We present results from a pilot study of a new wide-field, multicolour (BVR) CCD imaging project, designed to examine galaxy evolution along large-scale filaments that connect clusters of galaxies at intermediate redshifts (0.07 <z <0.20). Our pilot data set is based on 0.56 deg(2) of observations targeted on Abell 1079 and Abell 1084 using the Wide Field Imager on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. We describe our data reduction pipeline and show that our photometric error is 0.04 mag. By selecting galaxies that lie on the colour-magnitude relation of the two clusters we verify the existence of a low-density (similar to3-4 Mpc(-2)) filament population, conjoining them at a distance of > 3r(Abell) from either cluster. By applying a simple field correction, we characterize this filament population by examining their colour distribution on a (V-R)-(B-V) plane. We confirm the galaxian filament detection at a 7.5 sigma level using a cut at M-V = -18 and we discuss their broad properties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137 - 143
Number of pages7
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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