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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Prof Carlos Frenk

Cross, N., Driver, S.P., Couch, W., Baugh, C.M., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bridges, T., Cannon, R., Cole, S., Colless, M., Collins, C., Dalton, G., Deeley, K., De Propris, R., Efstathiou, G., Ellis, R.S., Frenk, C.S., Glazebrook, K., Jackson, C., Lahav, O., Lewis, I., Lumsden, S., Maddox, S., Madgwick, D., Moody, S., Norberg, P., Peacock, J.A., Peterson, B.A., Price, I., Seaborne, M., Sutherland, W., Tadros, H. & Taylor, K. (2001). The 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey: the number and luminosity density of galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 324(4): 825-841.

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We present the bivariate brightness distribution (BBD) for the 2dF Galaxy Redshift Survey (2dFGRS) based on a preliminary subsample of 45 000 galaxies. The BBD is an extension of the galaxy luminosity function, incorporating surface brightness information. It allows the measurement of the local luminosity density, jB, and of the galaxy luminosity and surface brightness distributions, while accounting for surface brightness selection biases. The recovered 2dFGRS BBD shows a strong luminosity–surface brightness relation MB∝(2.4±0.51.5)μe], providing a new constraint for galaxy formation models. In terms of the number density, we find that the peak of the galaxy population lies at MB≥−16.0 mag. Within the well-defined selection limits (−24