ZFOURGE/CANDELS: On the evolution of M∗ galaxy progenitors from z = 3 TO 0.5

C. Papovich, I. Labbé, R. Quadri, V. Tilvi, P. Behroozi, E. F. Bell, K. Glazebrook, L. Spitler, C. M S Straatman, K. V. Tran, M. Cowley, Romeel S Dave, A. Dekel, M. Dickinson, H. C. Ferguson, S. L. Finkelstein, E. Gawiser, H. Inami, S. M. Faber, G. G. KacprzakL. Kawinwanichakij, D. Kocevski, A. Koekemoer, D. C. Koo, P. Kurczynski, J. M. Lotz, Y. Lu, R. A. Lucas, D. Mcintosh, N. Mehrtens, B. Mobasher, A. Monson, G. Morrison, T. Nanayakkara, S. E. Persson, B. Salmon, R. Simons, A. Tomczak, P. Van Dokkum, B. Weiner, S. P. Willner

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Galaxies with stellar masses near M∗ contain the majority of stellar mass in the universe, and are therefore of special interest in the study of galaxy evolution. The Milky Way (MW) and Andromeda (M31) have present-day stellar masses near M∗, at 5 × 1010 M (defined here to be MW-mass) and 1011 M (defined to be M31-mass). We study the typical progenitors of these galaxies using the FOURSTAR Galaxy Evolution Survey (ZFOURGE). ZFOURGE is a deep medium-band near-IR imaging survey, which is sensitive to the progenitors of these galaxies out to z ∼ 3. We use abundance-matching techniques to identify the main progenitors of these galaxies at higher redshifts. We measure the evolution in the stellar mass, rest-frame colors, morphologies, far-IR luminosities, and star formation rates, combining our deep multiwavelength imaging with near-IR Hubble Space Telescope imaging from Cosmic Near-IR Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS), and Spitzer and Herschel far-IR imaging from Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey-Herschel and CANDELS-Herschel. The typical MW-mass and M31-mass progenitors passed through the same evolution stages, evolving from blue, star-forming disk galaxies at the earliest stages to redder dust-obscured IR-luminous galaxies in intermediate stages and to red, more quiescent galaxies at their latest stages. The progenitors of the MW-mass galaxies reached each evolutionary stage at later times (lower redshifts) and with stellar masses that are a factor of two to three lower than the progenitors of the M31-mass galaxies. The process driving this evolution, including the suppression of star formation in present-day M∗ galaxies, requires an evolving stellar-mass/halo-mass ratio and/or evolving halo-mass threshold for quiescent galaxies. The effective size and SFRs imply that the baryonic cold-gas fractions drop as galaxies evolve from high redshift to z ∼ 0 and are strongly anticorrelated with an increase in the Sérsic index. Therefore, the growth of galaxy bulges in M∗ galaxies corresponds to a rapid decline in the galaxy gas fractions and/or a decrease in the star formation efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number26
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume803
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 10 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: high-redshift
  • Galaxies: structure

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Papovich, C., Labbé, I., Quadri, R., Tilvi, V., Behroozi, P., Bell, E. F., ... Willner, S. P. (2015). ZFOURGE/CANDELS: On the evolution of M∗ galaxy progenitors from z = 3 TO 0.5. Astrophysical Journal, 803(1), [26]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/803/1/26

ZFOURGE/CANDELS : On the evolution of M∗ galaxy progenitors from z = 3 TO 0.5. / Papovich, C.; Labbé, I.; Quadri, R.; Tilvi, V.; Behroozi, P.; Bell, E. F.; Glazebrook, K.; Spitler, L.; Straatman, C. M S; Tran, K. V.; Cowley, M.; Dave, Romeel S; Dekel, A.; Dickinson, M.; Ferguson, H. C.; Finkelstein, S. L.; Gawiser, E.; Inami, H.; Faber, S. M.; Kacprzak, G. G.; Kawinwanichakij, L.; Kocevski, D.; Koekemoer, A.; Koo, D. C.; Kurczynski, P.; Lotz, J. M.; Lu, Y.; Lucas, R. A.; Mcintosh, D.; Mehrtens, N.; Mobasher, B.; Monson, A.; Morrison, G.; Nanayakkara, T.; Persson, S. E.; Salmon, B.; Simons, R.; Tomczak, A.; Van Dokkum, P.; Weiner, B.; Willner, S. P.

In: Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 803, No. 1, 26, 10.04.2015.

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Papovich, C, Labbé, I, Quadri, R, Tilvi, V, Behroozi, P, Bell, EF, Glazebrook, K, Spitler, L, Straatman, CMS, Tran, KV, Cowley, M, Dave, RS, Dekel, A, Dickinson, M, Ferguson, HC, Finkelstein, SL, Gawiser, E, Inami, H, Faber, SM, Kacprzak, GG, Kawinwanichakij, L, Kocevski, D, Koekemoer, A, Koo, DC, Kurczynski, P, Lotz, JM, Lu, Y, Lucas, RA, Mcintosh, D, Mehrtens, N, Mobasher, B, Monson, A, Morrison, G, Nanayakkara, T, Persson, SE, Salmon, B, Simons, R, Tomczak, A, Van Dokkum, P, Weiner, B & Willner, SP 2015, 'ZFOURGE/CANDELS: On the evolution of M∗ galaxy progenitors from z = 3 TO 0.5', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 803, no. 1, 26. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/803/1/26
Papovich C, Labbé I, Quadri R, Tilvi V, Behroozi P, Bell EF et al. ZFOURGE/CANDELS: On the evolution of M∗ galaxy progenitors from z = 3 TO 0.5. Astrophysical Journal. 2015 Apr 10;803(1). 26. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/803/1/26
Papovich, C. ; Labbé, I. ; Quadri, R. ; Tilvi, V. ; Behroozi, P. ; Bell, E. F. ; Glazebrook, K. ; Spitler, L. ; Straatman, C. M S ; Tran, K. V. ; Cowley, M. ; Dave, Romeel S ; Dekel, A. ; Dickinson, M. ; Ferguson, H. C. ; Finkelstein, S. L. ; Gawiser, E. ; Inami, H. ; Faber, S. M. ; Kacprzak, G. G. ; Kawinwanichakij, L. ; Kocevski, D. ; Koekemoer, A. ; Koo, D. C. ; Kurczynski, P. ; Lotz, J. M. ; Lu, Y. ; Lucas, R. A. ; Mcintosh, D. ; Mehrtens, N. ; Mobasher, B. ; Monson, A. ; Morrison, G. ; Nanayakkara, T. ; Persson, S. E. ; Salmon, B. ; Simons, R. ; Tomczak, A. ; Van Dokkum, P. ; Weiner, B. ; Willner, S. P. / ZFOURGE/CANDELS : On the evolution of M∗ galaxy progenitors from z = 3 TO 0.5. In: Astrophysical Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 803, No. 1.
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