Oral Presentation Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting including HWWS 2013

Measuring the bulk flow from the 6dFGS peculiar velocity survey (#41)

Christina Magoulas 1 , Christopher Springob 2 , Matthew Colless 3 , Jeremy Mould 4 , Heath Jones
  1. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  2. University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A., Australia
  3. Australian National University, Canberra, VIC, Australia
  4. Swinburne University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

While recent years have seen rapid growth in the number of galaxy peculiar velocity measurements, disagreements remain about the extent to which the peculiar velocity field - a tracer of the distribution of mass, agrees with both lambda-CDM expectations and with velocity field models derived from redshift surveys.  The 6dF Galaxy Survey includes Fundamental Plane (FP) distances and peculiar velocities for nearly 10,000 early-type galaxies, making it the largest and most homogenous galaxy peculiar velocity sample to date. In this presentation, we describe how we have used the 6dFGS velocity field to measure the local bulk flow and determine the range and influence of large-scale motions in the local universe.  We also compare the galaxy density and peculiar velocity fields to establish the distribution of dark and luminous matter and better constrain key cosmological parameters such as the redshift-space distortion parameter.