RESOLVE and ECO: The HALO MASS-DEPENDENT SHAPE of GALAXY STELLAR and BARYONIC MASS FUNCTIONS

K.D. Eckert, S.J. Kannappan, D.V. Stark, Amanda J. Moffett, A.A. Berlind, M.A. Norris

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© 2016. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.In this work, we present galaxy stellar and baryonic (stars plus cold gas) mass functions (SMF and BMF) and their halo mass dependence for two volume-limited data sets. The first, RESOLVE-B, coincides with the Stripe 82 footprint and is extremely complete down to baryonic mass M bary ~ 109.1 M o, probing the gas-rich dwarf regime below M bary ~ 1010 M o. The second, ECO, covers a ~40× larger volume (containing RESOLVE-A) and is complete to M bary ~ 109.4 M o. To construct the SMF and BMF we implement a new "cross-bin sampling" technique with Monte Carlo sampling from the full likelihood distributions of stellar or baryonic mass. Our SMFs exhibit the "plateau" feature starting below M star ~ 1010 M o that has been described in prior work. However, the BMF fills in this feature and rises as a straight power law below ~1010 M o, as gas-dominated galaxies become the majority of the population. Nonetheless, the low-mass slope of the BMF is not as steep as that of the theoretical dark matter halo MF. Moreover, we assign group halo masses by abundance matching, finding that the SMF and BMF, separated into four physically motivated halo mass regimes, reveal complex structure underlying the simple shape of the overall MFs. In particular, the satellite MFs are depressed below the central galaxy MF "humps" in groups with mass
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume824
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Eckert, K. D., Kannappan, S. J., Stark, D. V., Moffett, A. J., Berlind, A. A., & Norris, M. A. (2016). RESOLVE and ECO: The HALO MASS-DEPENDENT SHAPE of GALAXY STELLAR and BARYONIC MASS FUNCTIONS. Astrophysical Journal, 824(2). https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/824/2/124