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The Arecibo Pisces-Perseus Supercluster Survey (APPSS) aims to observationally measure the dark matter mass density of Pisces-Perseus by detecting the peculiar velocities of galaxies falling onto the supercluster. To do this, APPSS will measure galaxies' distances using the Baryonic Tully Fisher Relation (BTFR), which relates a galaxy's baryonic mass and rotational velocity. Recovering the signature of infall as robustly as possible requires a careful choice of rotational velocity measurement, as the use of various velocity definitions changes the scatter and systematics of the relation. We introduce and compare multiple automated methods for measuring a galaxy's rotational velocity using its unresolvedmore »
We present an HI-optical catalog of ~ 30,000 galaxies based on the 100% complete Arecibo Legacy Fast Arecibo L-band Feed Array (ALFALFA) survey combined with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). Our goal is to facilitate public use of the completed ALFALFA catalog by providing carefully determined matches to SDSS counterparts, including matches for ~ 10,000 galaxies that do not have SDSS spectra. These identifications can provide a basis for further cross-matching with other surveys using SDSS photometric IDs as a reference point. We derive absolute magnitudes and stellar masses for each galaxy using optical colors combined withmore »
The Arecibo Pisces-Perseus Supercluster Survey(APPSS) aims to measure the infall and mass density along the PPS filament using red-shift independent distances obtained from the Baryonic Tully-Fisher Relation (BTFR). We will combine photometric data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey with HI line spectroscopy obtained with the Arecibo telescope to derive BTFR distances and peculiar velocities over the PPS volume and its immediate foreground and background. To supplement the ALFALFA detections in the PPS volume, we have conducted new HI line observations with the Arecibo L-band Wide receiver system of blue, low surface brightness galaxies identified by their photometric properties inmore »
The Pisces-Perseus Supercluster (PPS) offers a convenient, accessible environment for the study of large scale structure in the local universe. The Arecibo Pisces-Perseus Supercluster Survey (APPSS) seeks to observe the infall of galaxies toward the main filament of the PPS which is nearly perpendicular to our line of sight. Tracing such infall reveals valuable information about the gravitational field - and thus mass distribution - of the PPS. However, obtaining accurate measurements of such deviation from smooth Hubble flow requires redshift-independent distance measurements. The baryonic Tully-Fisher relation (BTFR) offers an appealing solution in the distance regime of the PPS, butmore »
The ALFALFA blind extragalactic survey has populated the faint end of the neutral hydrogen (HI) mass function with statistical confidence for the first time. Of particular interest is a subset of the ALFALFA detections, termed "ultra-compact high-velocity clouds" (UCHVCs). These systems, if located within ~1 Mpc, would populate the lowest-mass end of the HI mass function. Subsequent optical imaging has revealed that some of these UCHVCs harbor associated (though sparse) stellar populations, revealing that they may be some of the most extreme galaxies known in the Local Volume, with optical properties akin to ultra-faint dwarf galaxies but with significant neutralmore »