Large cosmic variance in the clustering properties of Lyα emitters at z ≃ 51

K. Shimasaku, T. Hayashino, Y. Matsuda, M. Ouchi, K. Ohta, S. Okamura, H. Tamura, T. Yamada, R. Yamauchi

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We reported in a previous paper the discovery of a large-scale structure of Lyα emitters (LAEs) at z = 4.86 ± 0.03 with a projected size of 20 h70-1 Mpc × 50 h70-1 Mpc in narrowband data of a 25′ × 45′ area of the Subaru Deep Field (Ω0 = 0.3, λ0 = 0.7, and H0 = 70 h70 km s-1 Mpc-1). However, the surveyed area, which corresponds to 55 h70-1 Mpc × 100 h 70-1 Mpc, was not large enough to conclude that what we were seeing was a typical distribution of z ≃ 5 LAEs. In this Letter, we report the results of follow-up imaging of the same sky area using a new narrowband filter (NB704, λc = 7046 Å and FWHM = 100 Å) to detect LAEs at z = 4.79, i.e., LAEs lying closer to us by 39 h 70-1 Mpc on average than the z = 4.86 objects. We detect 51 LAEs at z = 4.79 ± 0.04 down to NB704 = 25.7, and we find that their sky distribution is quite different from the z = 4.86 LAEs'. The clustering of z = 4.79 LAEs is very weak on any scale, and there is no large-scale high-contrast structure. The shape and the amplitude of the angular correlation function are thus largely different between the two samples. These results demonstrate a large cosmic variance in the clustering properties of LAEs on scales of ∼50 h70-1 Mpc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L93-L96
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr 20


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Early universe
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: high-redshift
  • Galaxies: photometry
  • Large-scale structure of universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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