Interesting evidence for a low-level oscillation superimposed on the local Hubble flow

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10509-012-1344-7
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Journal titleAstrophysics and Space Science
ISSN0004-640X
Volume344
Issue2
Pages471477; # of pages: 7
AbstractHistorically the velocity scatter seen on local Hubble plots has been attributed to the peculiar velocities of individual galaxies. Although most galaxies also have uncertainties in their distances, when galaxies with accurate distances are used recent studies have found that these supposed peculiar velocities may have preferred, or discrete, values. Here we report the interesting result that when these discrete components are identified and removed from the radial velocities of the SNeIa galaxies studied in the Hubble Key Project, there is evidence for a residual oscillation, or ripple, superimposed on the Hubble flow. This oscillation has a wavelength near 40 Mpc and, because its amplitude is small compared to that of the scatter in velocities, it becomes visible only after the discrete components are removed. This result is interesting because even if this ripple has been produced by a selection effect, the fact that it is only revealed after the discrete velocities are removed implies that the discrete velocities are real. Alternatively, if no selection effect can be identified to explain the ripple, then both the discrete velocities and the ripple together become very difficult to explain by chance and these results could then have interesting cosmological consequences. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
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