Disentangling the cosmic web. I. Morphology of isodensity contours

  title={Disentangling the cosmic web. I. Morphology of isodensity contours},
  author={Jens Schmalzing and Thomas Buchert and Adrian L. Melott and Varun Sahni and Bangalore Sathyaprakash and Sergei F. Shandarin},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
We apply Minkowski functionals and various derived measures to decipher the morphological properties of large-scale structure seen in simulations of gravitational evolution. Minkowski functionals of isodensity contours serve as tools to test global properties of the density field. Furthermore, we identify coherent objects at various threshold levels and calculate their partial Minkowski functionals. We propose a set of two derived dimensionless quantities, planarity and filamentarity, which… 

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