QSO environments at intermediate redshifts

Wold, M.; Lacy, M.; Lilje, P.B. and Serjeant, S. (2001). QSO environments at intermediate redshifts. In: QSO hosts and their environments: Proceedings of an international workshop, 10-12 Jan 2001, Granada, Spain.

URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0102046


We have made a survey of quasar environments at 0.5 <= z <= 0.8, using a sample of both radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars matched in B-band luminosity. Our observations include images of background control fields to provide a good determination of the field galaxy counts. About 10 per cent of the quasars appear to live in rich clusters, whereas approximately 45 per cent live in environments similar to that of field galaxies. The richness of galaxies within a 0.5 Mpc radius around the radio-quiet quasars is found to be indistinguishable from the richness around the radio-loud quasars, corresponding on average to groups or poorer clusters of galaxies. Comparing the galaxy richness in the radio-loud quasar fields with quasar fields in the literature, we find no evidence of an evolution in the environment with epoch. Instead, a weak, but significant correlation between quasar radio luminosity and environmental richness is present. It is thus possible that the environments of quasars, at least the powerful ones, do not evolve much between the present epoch and z&ap;0.8.

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