Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1307.1706 (J. E. Geach et al.)

A direct measurement of the linear bias of mid-infrared-selected quasars at z~1 using cosmic microwave background lensing    [PDF]

J. E. Geach, R. C. Hickox, L. E. Bleem, M. Brodwin, G. P. Holder, K. A. Aird, B. A. Benson, S. Bhattacharya, J. E. Carlstrom, C. L. Chang, H-M. Cho, T. M. Crawford, A. T. Crites, T. de Haan, M. A. Dobbs, J. Dudley, E. M. George, K. N. Hainline, N. W. Halverson, W. L. Holzapfel, S. Hoover, Z. Hou, J. D. Hrubes, R. Keisler, L. Knox, A. T. Lee, E. M. Leitch, M. Lueker, D. Luong-Van, D. P. Marrone, J. J. McMahon, J. Mehl, S. S. Meyer, M. Millea, J. J. Mohr, T. E. Montroy, A. D. Myers, S. Padin, T. Plagge, C. Pryke, C. L. Reichardt, J. E. Ruhl, J. T. Sayre, K. K. Schaffer, L. Shaw, E. Shirokoff, H. G. Spieler, Z. Staniszewski, A. A. Stark, K. T. Story, A. van Engelen, K. Vanderlinde, J. D. Vieira, R. Williamson, O. Zahn
We measure the cross-power spectrum of the projected mass density as traced by the convergence of the cosmic microwave background lensing field from the South Pole Telescope (SPT) and a sample of Type 1 and 2 (unobscured and obscured) quasars at z~1 selected with the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, over 2500 deg^2. The cross-power spectrum is detected at ~7-sigma, and we measure a linear bias b=1.67+/-0.24, consistent with clustering analyses. Using an independent lensing map, derived from Planck observations, to measure the cross-spectrum, we find excellent agreement with the SPT analysis. The bias of the combined sample of Type 1 and 2 quasars determined in this work is similar to that previously determined for Type 1 quasars alone; we conclude that that obscured and unobscured quasars must trace the matter field in a similar way. This result has implications for our understanding of quasar unification and evolution schemes.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.1706

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