Characterization of the distribution of the lyα emitters in the 53w002 field at Z = 2.4

K. Mawatari, T. Yamada, Y. Nakamura, T. Hayashino, Y. Matsuda

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We present the results of our wide-field narrowband imaging of the field around the radio galaxy 53W002 at z = 2.390 with Subaru/Suprime-Cam. A custom-made filter, NB413, centered at 4140 Å with a width of 83 Å is used to observe the 31′ × 24′ area around the radio galaxy. We detected 204 Lyα emitters (LAEs) at z = 2.4 with a rest-frame equivalent width larger than 25 Å to the depth of 26 AB mag (in NB413). The entire LAE population in the 53W002 field has an average number density and distributions of equivalent width and size that are similar to those of other fields at z 2. We identify a significant high-density region (53W002F-HDR) that spreads over 5′ × 4′ near 53W002, where the LAE number density is nearly four times as large as the average of the entire field. Using the probability distribution function of density fluctuation, we evaluate the rareness probability of 53W002F-HDR to be 0.9+2.4 - 0.62%, which corresponds to a moderately rich structure. No notable environmental dependency at the comoving scale of 10Mpc is found for the distributions of the Lyα equivalent width and luminosity in the field. We also detected four Lyα blobs, one of which is newly discovered. They are all located in the rims of high-density regions. The biased location and unique morphologies in Lyα suggest that galaxy interaction plays a key role in their formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number133
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 10


  • cosmology: observations
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: formation
  • large-scale structure of universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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