The prevalence of type III disc breaks in HI-rich and low-spin galaxies

Jing Wang, Zheng Zheng, Richard D'Souza, Houjun Mo, Gyula Józsa, Cheng Li, Peter Kamphuis, Barbara Catinella, Li Shao, Claudia del P. Lagos, Min Du, Zhizheng Pan

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We investigate the origin of the type III (up-bending) discs based on a sample of 1808 galaxies from Sloan Digital Sky Survey and a sub-sample of 286 galaxies withHI data fromALFALFA. We examine how the type III fraction fIII, the fraction of disc galaxies which host up-bending disc breaks, depends on other galactic properties. We confirm that fIII strongly depends on the stellar concentration of galaxies. We find that HI-rich galaxies with low spins tend to have significantly more type III disc breaks than control galaxies, which are matched in concentration and stellar mass. This trend is independent of the existence of strong bars or environment of the galaxies. This result is broadly consistent with predictions from theoretical simulations, and indicates in situ star formation fuelled by gas accretion to be an important mechanism that builds the outer discs of type III galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4292-4306
Number of pages15
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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