Spatial clustering of dark matter haloes: Secondary bias, neighbour bias, and the influence of massive neighbours on halo properties

Andrés N. Salcedo, Ariyeh H. Maller, Andreas A. Berlind, Manodeep Sinha, Cameron K. McBride, Peter S. Behroozi, Risa H. Wechsler, David H. Weinberg

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Abstract

We explore the phenomenon commonly known as halo assembly bias, whereby dark matter haloes of the same mass are found to be more or less clustered when a second halo property is considered, for haloes in the mass range 3.7× 1011-5.0 × 1013 h-1M⊙. Using the Large Suite of Dark Matter Simulations (LasDamas) we consider nine commonly used halo properties and find that a clustering bias exists if haloes are binned by mass or by any other halo property. This secondary bias implies that no single halo property encompasses all the spatial clustering information of the halo population. The mean values of some halo properties depend on their halo's distance to a more massive neighbour. Halo samples selected by having high values of one of these properties therefore inherit a neighbour bias such that they are much more likely to be close to a much more massive neighbour. This neighbour bias largely accounts for the secondary bias seen in haloes binned by mass and split by concentration or age. However, haloes binned by other mass-like properties still show a secondary bias even when the neighbour bias is removed. The secondary bias of haloes selected by their spin behaves differently than that for other halo properties, suggesting that the origin of the spin bias is different than of other secondary biases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4411-4423
Number of pages13
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume475
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2018

Keywords

  • Cosmology: theory
  • Dark matter
  • Galaxies: formation
  • Galaxies: haloes
  • Largescale structure of Universe
  • Methods: numerical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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