Cosmic Infrared Background sources clustered around quasars

Powerful quasars can be seen out to large distances. As they reside in massive dark matter halos, they provide a useful tracer of large scale structure. We stack Herschel-SPIRE images at 250, 350, and 500 microns at the locations of 13,000 quasars in redshift bins spanning 0.5 < z < 3.5. While the detected signal is dominated on instrumental beam scales by the unresolved dust emission of the quasar and its host galaxy, at z~2 the extended emission is clearly spatially resolved on Mpc scales. This emission is due to star-forming galaxies clustered around the dark matter halos hosting quasars. We measure radial surface brightness profiles of the stacked images to compute the angular correlation function of dusty star-forming galaxies correlated with quasars. We generate a halo occupation distribution model in order to determine the masses of the dark matter halos in which dusty star forming galaxies reside. We are probing potential changes in the halo mass most efficient at hosting star forming galaxies, and assessing any evidence that this halo mass evolved with redshift in the context of “cosmic downsizing”.