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Author Padilla, Nelson ♦ Lambas, Diego Garcia ♦ Gonzalez, Roberto
Source arXiv.org
Content type Text
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Date of Submission 2009-11-27
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics ♦ Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract We study the properties of SDSS galaxies with and without AGN detection as a function of the local and global environment measured via the local density, the mass of the galaxy host group (parameterised by the group luminosity) and distance to massive clusters. Our results can be divided in two main subjects, the environments of galaxies and their relation to the assembly of their host haloes, and the environments of AGN. (i) For the full SDSS sample, we find indications that the local galaxy density is the most efficient parameter to separate galaxy populations, but we also find that galaxies at fixed local density show some remaining variation of their properties as a function of the distance to the nearest cluster of galaxies (in a range of 0 to 10 cluster virial radii). These differences seem to become less significant if the galaxy samples are additionally constrained to be hosted by groups of similar total luminosity. (ii) In AGN host galaxies, the morphology-density relation is much less noticeable when compared to the behaviour of the full SDSS sample. In order to interpret this result we analyse control samples constructed using galaxies with no detected AGN activity with matching distributions of redshifts, stellar masses, r-band luminosities, g-r colours, concentrations, local densities, host group luminosities, and fractions of central and satellite galaxies. The control samples also show a similar small dependence on the local density indicating an influence from the AGN selection, but their colours are slightly bluer compared to the AGN hosts regardless of local density. Furthermore, even when the local density is held fixed at intermediate or high values, and the distance to the closest cluster of galaxies is allowed to vary, AGN control galaxies away from clusters tend to be bluer than the AGN hosts. (ABRIDGED)
Description Reference: Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc.409:936,2010
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 18


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