The Clustering Properties of AGNs/Quasars in CatWISE2020 Catalog

Prabhakar Tiwari*, Gong Bo Zhao, Adi Nusser

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We study the clustering properties of 1,307,530 AGNs/quasars in the CatWISE2020 catalog prepared using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer survey data. For angular moments ℓ ⪆ 10 (⪅18°) down to nonlinear scales, the results are in agreement with the standard ΛCDM cosmology, with a galaxy bias roughly matching that of the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) AGNs. We further explore the redshift dependence of the fraction of infrared-bright AGNs on stellar mass, f IB ∼ M * α 0 + α 1 z , and find α 1 = 1.27 − 0.30 + 0.25 , ruling out a nonevolution hypothesis at a ≈4.6σ confidence level. The results are consistent with the measurements obtained with NVSS AGNs, though considerably more precise thanks to the significantly higher number density of objects in CatWISE2020. The excess dipole and high clustering signal above angular scale ≈18° remains anomalous.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes


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