Spyros Basilakos, Manolis Plionis
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 349, Issue 3, April 2004, Pages 882–888
Publication year: 2004


We study the clustering properties of the recently compiled Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) cluster catalogue using the two-point correlation function in redshift space. We divide the total SDSS sample into two richness subsamples, roughly corresponding to Abell R≥ 0 and Automated Plate Measuring (APM) clusters, respectively. If the two-point correlations are modelled as a power law, ξ(r) = (r0/r)γ, then the best-fitting parameters for the two subsamples are r0= 20.7+4.0−3.8h−1 Mpc with γ= 1.6+0.4−0.4 and r0= 9.7+1.2−1.2 with γ= 2.0+0.7−0.5h−1 Mpc, respectively. Our results are consistent with the dependence of cluster richness on the cluster correlation length.

Finally, comparing the SDSS cluster correlation function with predictions from three flat cosmological models (Ωm= 0.3) with dark energy (quintessence), we estimate the cluster redshift-space distortion parameter β≃Ω0.6m/b0 and the cluster bias at the present time. For the Λ cold dark matter case we find β= 0.2+0.029−0.016, which is in agreement with the results based on large-scale cluster motions.