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Deviation from periodicity in the large-scale distribution of galaxies

  • Author(s): Kurki-Suonio, H
  • Mathews, GJ
  • Fuller, GM
  • et al.

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We investigate the recently observed periodicity of the distribution of galaxies at high redshift by comparing the data with models in which galaxies reside on the surfaces of bubbles or sheets. A statistical analysis of the deviation from periodicity along various lines of sight seems to suggest that the data more closely resemble a regular cellular pattern in which the bubble centers are strongly anticorrelated than a distribution produced by random voids or sheets. We discuss how such a regular structure might arise and suggest some observational tests of this interpretation.

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