Mass functions, luminosity functions, and completeness measurements from clustering redshifts

Dominic J. Bates, Rita Tojeiro, Jeffrey A. Newman, Violeta Gonzalez-Perez, Johan Comparat, Donald P. Schneider, Marcos Lima, Alina Streblyanska

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This paper presents stellar mass functions and i-band luminosity functions for Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) galaxies with i < 21 using clustering redshifts. From these measurements, we also compute targeting completeness measurements for the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). Clustering redshifts is a method of obtaining the redshift distribution of a sample of galaxies with only photometric information by measuring the angular cross-correlation with a spectroscopic sample in different redshift bins. We construct a spectroscopic sample containing data from the BOSS + eBOSS surveys, allowing us to recover redshift distributions from photometric data out to z ≃ 2.5. We produce k-corrected i-band luminosity functions and stellar mass functions by applying clustering redshifts to SDSS DR8 galaxies in small bins of colour and magnitude. There is little evolution in the mass function between 0.2 < z < 0.8, implying that the most massive galaxies form most of their mass before z = 0.8. These mass functions are used to produce stellar mass completeness estimates for the BOSS, giving a stellar mass completeness of 80 per cent above M > 1011.4 between 0.2 < z < 0.7, with completeness falling significantly at redshifts higher than 0.7, and at lower masses. Large photometric data sets will be available in the near future (DECaLS, DES, Euclid), so this and similar techniques will become increasingly useful in order to fully utilize these data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3059-3077
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date24 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Methods: data analysis
  • Surveys
  • Galaxies: distances and redshifts
  • Galaxies: luminosity function
  • Mass function


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