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The Shane Wirtanen counts - Observability of the galaxy correlation function
Brown, Michael E.; Groth, Edward J.
AA(Princeton University, NJ), AB(Princeton University, NJ)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 338, March 15, 1989, p. 605-617. (ApJ Homepage)
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Astronomical Catalogs, Cosmology, Galaxies, Astronomical Models, Correlation, Distribution (Property), Photographic Plates
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An explicit test of the ability of the galaxy two-point correlation function to be recovered from the Lick counts of galaxies (Shane and Wirtanen, 1967) is reported. High-fidelity simulations are created, starting with the distribution of galaxies in space. These distributions are projected onto a set of simulated Lick plates which are reduced to a uniform limiting magnitude with the method of Seldner et al. (1977). The simulated catalogs are then analyzed with the methods of Groth and Peebles (1977). The resulting correlation functions are found to reproduce accurately the correlation functions that were built in during the first step of the simulations.

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