Impact of cosmic variance on the galaxy-halo connection for Ly alpha emitters
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In this paper we study the impact of cosmic variance and observational uncertainties in constraining the mass and occupation fraction, f(occ), of dark matter (DM) halos hosting Ly alpha-emitting galaxies (LAEs) at high redshift. To this end, we construct mock catalogs from an N-body simulation to match the typical size of observed fields at z = 3.1 (similar to 1 deg(2)). In our model a DM halo with mass in the range M-min < M-h < M-max can only host one detectable LAE at most. We proceed to explore the parameter space determined by M-min, M-max, and f(occ) with a Markov Chain Monte. Carlo algorithm using the angular correlation function and the LAEs' number density as observational constraints. We find that the preferred minimum and maximum masses in our model span a wide range 10(10.0) h(-1) M-circle dot <= M-min <= 10(11.1) h(-1) M-circle dot, 10(11.0) h(-1) M-circle dot <= M-max <= 10(13.0) h(-1) M-circle dot, followed by a wide range in the occupation fraction 0.02 <= f(occ) <= 0.30. As a consequence, the median mass, M-50, of all the consistent models has a large uncertainty M-50 = 3.16(-2.37)(+9.34) x 10(10) h(-1) M-circle dot. However, we find that the same individual models have a relatively tight 1 sigma scatter around the median mass Delta M-1 sigma = 0.55(-0.31)(+0.11) dex. We are also able to show that f(occ) is uniquely determined by M-min, regardless of M-max. We argue that upcoming large surveys covering at least 25 deg(2) should be able to put tighter constraints on M-min and f(occ) through the LAE number density distribution width constructed over several fields of similar to 1 deg(2).
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Cita del ítemThe Astrophysical Journal, 828:5 (6pp), 2016 September 1
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