Quasi-periodic structures in the large-scale galaxy distribution and three-dimensional Voronoi tessellation

Satoru Ikeuchi, Edwin L. Turner

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It has been suggested that the void and wall structure associated with the large-scale galaxy distribution might be qualitatively, or perhaps even physically, modelled by a Voronoi tessellation, and that such structure might account for the surprisingly regular, sharp peaks in the galaxy redshift distributions obtained from 'pencil beam' surveys. Taking cell wall crossings by random line segments to correspond to such redshift peaks, we derive an exact expression for the distribution of spacings of these intersections in a three-dimensional Voronoi tessellation. This result verifies that the spacings are non-random and quasi-periodic, qualitatively resembling the observed pattern, even though the cell wall structure is generated from randomly placed seeds. Finally, we use moments of the spacing distribution to show that apparently periodic samples, similar to those recently reported, represent only one to two o fluctuations in a Voronoi tessellation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-522
Number of pages4
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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