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MAJOR-MERGER GALAXY PAIRS IN THE COSMOS FIELD-MASS-DEPENDENT MERGER RATE EVOLUTION SINCE z=1
Xu, C. Kevin1; Zhao, Yinghe2; Scoville, N.; Capak, P.3; Drory, N.4,5; Gao, Y.2
2012-03-10
Source PublicationASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
ISSN0004-637X
Volume747Issue:2Pages:85(17pp)
AbstractWe present results of a statistical study of the cosmic evolution of the mass-dependent major-merger rate since z = 1. A stellar mass limited sample of close major-merger pairs (the CPAIR sample) was selected from the archive of the COSMOS survey. Pair fractions at different redshifts derived using the CPAIR sample and a local K-band-selected pair sample show no significant variations with stellar mass. The pair fraction exhibits moderately strong cosmic evolution, with the best-fitting function of f(pair) = 10(-1.88(+/- 0.03))(1 + z)(2.2(+/- 0.2)). The best-fitting function for the merger rate is R-mg (Gyr(-1)) = 0.053 x (M-star/10(10.7) M-circle dot)(0.3)(1 + z)(2.2)/(1 + z/8). This rate implies that galaxies of M-star similar to 10(10)-10(11.5)M(circle dot) have undergone similar to 0.5-1.5 major mergers since z = 1. Our results show that, for massive galaxies (M-star >= 10(10.5)M(circle dot)) at z <= 1, major mergers involving star-forming galaxies (i.e., wet and mixed mergers) can account for the formation of both ellipticals and red quiescent galaxies (RQGs). On the other hand, major mergers cannot be responsible for the formation of most low mass ellipticals and RQGs of M-star less than or similar to 10(10.3)M(circle dot). Our quantitative estimates indicate that major mergers have significant impact on the stellar mass assembly of the most massive galaxies (M-star >= 10(11.3)M(circle dot)), but for less massive galaxies the stellar mass assembly is dominated by the star formation. Comparison with the mass-dependent (ultra) luminous infrared galaxies ((U)LIRG) rates suggests that the frequency of major-merger events is comparable to or higher than that of (U)LIRGs.
KeywordGalaxies: Evolution Galaxies: General Galaxies: Interactions Galaxies: Starburst
Subject AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
DOI10.1088/0004-637X/747/2/85
WOS KeywordULTRALUMINOUS INFRARED GALAXIES ; LDSS REDSHIFT SURVEYS ; STAR-FORMATION RATE ; DIGITAL SKY SURVEY ; SIMILAR-TO 1 ; STELLAR MASS ; ELLIPTIC GALAXIES ; DISK GALAXIES ; DARK-MATTER ; DEEP SURVEY
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS IDWOS:000302856400001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://libir.pmo.ac.cn/handle/332002/8072
Collection星系中的恒星形成研究团组
Affiliation1.CALTECH, Infrared Proc & Anal Ctr, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Purple Mt Observ, Nanjing 210008, Peoples R China
3.CALTECH, Spitzer Sci Ctr, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA
4.Univ Nacl Autonoma Mexico, Inst Astron, Mexico City 04510, DF, Mexico
5.Max Planck Inst Extraterr Phys, D-85748 Garching, Germany
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Xu, C. Kevin,Zhao, Yinghe,Scoville, N.,et al. MAJOR-MERGER GALAXY PAIRS IN THE COSMOS FIELD-MASS-DEPENDENT MERGER RATE EVOLUTION SINCE z=1[J]. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL,2012,747(2):85(17pp).
APA Xu, C. Kevin,Zhao, Yinghe,Scoville, N.,Capak, P.,Drory, N.,&Gao, Y..(2012).MAJOR-MERGER GALAXY PAIRS IN THE COSMOS FIELD-MASS-DEPENDENT MERGER RATE EVOLUTION SINCE z=1.ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL,747(2),85(17pp).
MLA Xu, C. Kevin,et al."MAJOR-MERGER GALAXY PAIRS IN THE COSMOS FIELD-MASS-DEPENDENT MERGER RATE EVOLUTION SINCE z=1".ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 747.2(2012):85(17pp).
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