A semi-analytical perspective on massive galaxies at z ∼0.55

D. Stoppacher, F. Prada, A. D. Montero-Dorta, S. Rodríguez-Torres, A. Knebe, G. Favole, W. Cui, A. J. Benson, C. Behrens, A. A. Klypin

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The most massive and luminous galaxies in the Universe serve as powerful probes to study the formation of structure, the assembly of mass, and cosmology. However, their detailed formation and evolution is still barely understood. Here we extract a sample of massive mock galaxies from the semi-analytical model of galaxy formation (SAM) galacticus from the MultiDark-Galaxies by replicating the CMASS photometric selection from the SDSS-iii Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). The comparison of the galacticus CMASS-mock with BOSS-CMASS data allows us to explore different aspects of the massive galaxy population at 0.5 < z < 0.6, including the galaxy-halo connection and the galaxy clustering. We find good agreement between our modelled galaxies and observations regarding the galaxy-halo connection, but our CMASS-mock overestimates the clustering amplitude of the two-point correlation function due to a smaller number density compared to BOSS, a lack of blue objects, and a small intrinsic scatter in stellar mass at fixed halo mass of <0.1 dex. To alleviate this problem, we construct an alternative mock catalogue mimicking the CMASS colour-magnitude distribution by randomly down-sampling the SAM catalogue. This CMASS-mock reproduces the clustering of CMASS galaxies within 1σ and shows some environmental dependency of star formation properties that could be connected to the quenching of star formation and the assembly bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1316-1331
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019


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