The XMM-Newton wide-field survey in the COSMOS field. V angular clustering of the X-ray point sources

Takamitsu Miyaji, Giovanni Zamorani, Nico Cappelluti, Roberto Gilli, Richard E. Griffiths, Andrea Comastri, Günther Hasinger, Marcella Brusa, Fabrizio Fiore, Simonetta Puccetti, Luigi Guzzo, Alexis Finoguenov

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We present the first results of the measurements of angular auto-correlation functions (ACFs) of X-ray point sources detected in the XMM-Newton observations of the ∼2 deg 2 COSMOS field (COSMOS XMM-Newton). Significant positive signals have been detected in the 0.5-2 (SFT) band, in the angle range of 0.5′-24′, while the positive signals were at the ∼2 and ∼3 σ levels in the 2-4.5 (MED) and 4.5-10 (UHD) keV bands, respectively. Correctly taking integral constraints into account is a major limitation in interpreting our results. With power-law fits to the ACFs without the integral constraint term, we find correlation lengths of θ c = 1.9″ ± 0.3″ , 0.8″ -0.4″ +0.5″ and 6″ ± 2″ for the SFT, MED, and UHD bands, respectively, for γ = 1.8. The inferred comoving correlation lengths, also taking into account the bias by the source merging due to XMM-Newton PSF, are r c ≈ 9.8 ± 0.7, 5.8 -1.7 +1.4, and 12 ± 2 h -1 Mpc at the effective redshifts of z̄ eff ≈1.1, 0.9, and 0.6 for the SFT, MED, and UHD bands, respectively. If we include the integral constraint term in the fitting process, assuming that the power law extends to the scale length of the entire COSMOS XMM-Newton field, the correlation lengths become larger by ∼20%-90%. Comparing the inferred rms fluctuations of the spatial distribution of AGNs σ 8,AGN with those of the underlying mass, the bias parameters of the X-ray source clustering at these effective redshifts are in the range b AGN = 1.5-4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-405
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: active
  • Quasars: general
  • X-rays: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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