HerMES: Cosmic Infrared Background Anisotropies and the Clustering of Dusty Star-forming Galaxies

Viero, M. P. and Wang, L. and Zemcov, M. and Addison, G. and Amblard, A. and Arumugam, V. and Aussel, H. and Béthermin, M. and Bock, J. and Boselli, A. and Buat, V. and Burgarella, D. and Casey, C. M. and Clements, D. L. and Conley, A. and Conversi, L. and Cooray, A. and De Zotti, G. and Dowell, C. D. and Farrah, D. and Franceschini, A. and Glenn, J. and Griffin, M. and Hatziminaoglou, E. and Heinis, S. and Ibar, E. and Ivison, R. J. and Lagache, G. and Levenson, L. and Marchetti, L. and Marsden, G. and Nguyen, H. T. and O'Halloran, B. and Oliver, S. J. and Omont, A. and Page, M. J. and Papageorgiou, A. and Pearson, C. P. and Pérez-Fournon, I. and Pohlen, M. and Rigopoulou, D. and Roseboom, I. G. and Rowan-Robinson, M. and Schulz, B. and Scott, D. and Seymour, N. and Shupe, D. L. and Smith, A. J. and Symeonidis, M. and Vaccari, M. and Valtchanov, I. and Vieira, J. D. and Wardlow, J. and Xu, C. K. (2013) HerMES: Cosmic Infrared Background Anisotropies and the Clustering of Dusty Star-forming Galaxies. The Astrophysical Journal, 772 (1). p. 77. ISSN 0004-637X

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We present measurements of the auto- and cross-frequency power spectra of the cosmic infrared background (CIB) at 250, 350, and 500 μm (1200, 860, and 600 GHz) from observations totaling ~70 deg2 made with the SPIRE instrument aboard the Herschel Space Observatory. We measure a fractional anisotropy δI/I = 14% ± 4%, detecting signatures arising from the clustering of dusty star-forming galaxies in both the linear (2-halo) and nonlinear (1-halo) regimes; and that the transition from the 2- to 1-halo terms, below which power originates predominantly from multiple galaxies within dark matter halos, occurs at k θ ~ 0.10-0.12 arcmin-1 (l ~ 2160-2380), from 250 to 500 μm. New to this paper is clear evidence of a dependence of the Poisson and 1-halo power on the flux-cut level of masked sources—suggesting that some fraction of the more luminous sources occupy more massive halos as satellites, or are possibly close pairs. We measure the cross-correlation power spectra between bands, finding that bands which are farthest apart are the least correlated, as well as hints of a reduction in the correlation between bands when resolved sources are more aggressively masked. In the second part of the paper, we attempt to interpret the measurements in the framework of the halo model. With the aim of fitting simultaneously with one model the power spectra, number counts, and absolute CIB level in all bands, we find that this is achievable by invoking a luminosity-mass relationship, such that the luminosity-to-mass ratio peaks at a particular halo mass scale and declines toward lower and higher mass halos. Our best-fit model finds that the halo mass which is most efficient at hosting star formation in the redshift range of peak star-forming activity, z ~ 1-3, is log(M peak/M ⊙) ~ 12.1 ± 0.5, and that the minimum halo mass to host infrared galaxies is log(M min/M ⊙) ~ 10.1 ± 0.6. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.

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