Clustering of γ-ray-selected 2LAC Fermi blazars

V. Allevato, A. Finoguenov, N. Cappelluti

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We present the first measurement of the projected correlation function of 485 γ-ray-selected blazars, divided into 175 BL Lacertae (BL Lacs) and 310 flat-spectrum radio quasars (FSRQs) detected in the 2 year all-sky survey by the Fermi-Large Area Telescope. We find that Fermi BL Lacs and FSRQs reside in massive dark matter halos (DMHs) with log Mh = 13.35-0.14+0.20 and log Mh = 13.40-0.19+0.15 h-1 M, respectively, at low (z ∼ 0.4) and high (z ∼ 1.2) redshift. In terms of clustering properties, these results suggest that BL Lacs and FSRQs are similar objects residing in the same dense environment typical of galaxy groups, despite their different spectral energy distributions, power, and accretion rates. We find no difference in the typical bias and hosting halo mass between Fermi blazars and radio-loud active galactic nuclei (AGNs), supporting the unification scheme simply equating radio-loud objects with misaligned blazar counterparts. This similarity in terms of the typical environment they preferentially live in, suggests that blazars tend to occupy the center of DMHs, as already pointed out for radio-loud AGNs. This implies, in light of several projects looking for the γ-ray emission from DMannihilation in galaxy clusters, a strong contamination from blazars to the expected signal from DM annihilation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 20 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark matter
  • Galaxies: Active
  • Large-scale structure of universe
  • Surveys
  • X-rays: General

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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