Galaxy and mass assembly (gama): Impact of the group environment on galaxy star formation

S. Barsanti, M. S. Owers, S. Brough, L. J.M. Davies, S. P. Driver, M. L.P. Gunawardhana, B. W. Holwerda, J. Liske, J. Loveday, K. A. Pimbblet, A. S.G. Robotham, E. N. Taylor

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Abstract

We explore how the group environment may affect the evolution of star-forming galaxies. We select 1197 Galaxy And Mass Assembly groups at 0.05 ≤ z ≤ 0.2 and analyze the projected phase space (PPS) diagram, i.e., the galaxy velocity as a function of projected group-centric radius, as a local environmental metric in the low-mass halo regime 1012 ≤ (M 200/M o) < 1014. We study the properties of star-forming group galaxies, exploring the correlation of star formation rate (SFR) with radial distance and stellar mass. We find that the fraction of star-forming group members is higher in the PPS regions dominated by recently accreted galaxies, whereas passive galaxies dominate the virialized regions. We observe a small decline in specific SFR of star-forming galaxies toward the group center by a factor ∼1.2 with respect to field galaxies. Similar to cluster studies, we conclude for low-mass halos that star-forming group galaxies represent an infalling population from the field to the halo and show suppressed star formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number71
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume857
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2018

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    Barsanti, S., Owers, M. S., Brough, S., Davies, L. J. M., Driver, S. P., Gunawardhana, M. L. P., Holwerda, B. W., Liske, J., Loveday, J., Pimbblet, K. A., Robotham, A. S. G., & Taylor, E. N. (2018). Galaxy and mass assembly (gama): Impact of the group environment on galaxy star formation. The Astrophysical Journal, 857(1), [71]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aab61a