Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS): SED fitting in the D10-COSMOS field and the evolution of the stellar mass function and SFR-M relation

Jessica E. Thorne*, Aaron S. G. Robotham, Luke J. M. Davies, Sabine Bellstedt, Simon P. Driver, Matías Bravo, Malcolm N. Bremer, Benne W. Holwerda, Andrew M. Hopkins, Claudia del P. Lagos, Steven Phillipps, Malgorzata Siudek, Edward N. Taylor, Angus H. Wright

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We present catalogues of stellar masses, star formation rates (SFRs), and ancillary stellar population parameters for galaxies spanning 0 < z < 9 from the Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS). DEVILS is a deep spectroscopic redshift survey with very high completeness, covering several premier deep fields including COSMOS (D10). Our stellar mass and SFR estimates are self-consistently derived using the spectral energy distribution (SED) modelling code ProSpect, using well-motivated parametrizations for dust attenuation, star formation histories, and metallicity evolution. We show how these improvements, and especially our physically motivated assumptions about metallicity evolution, have an appreciable systematic effect on the inferred stellar masses, at the level of ∼0.2 dex. To illustrate the scientific value of these data, we map the evolving galaxy stellar mass function (SMF) and the SFR-M relation for 0 < z < 4.25. In agreement with past studies, we find that most of the evolution in the SMF is driven by the characteristic density parameter, with little evolution in the characteristic mass and low-mass slopes. Where the SFR-M relation is indistinguishable from a power law at z > 2.6, we see evidence of a bend in the relation at low redshifts (z < 0.45). This suggests evolution in both the normalization and shape of the SFR-M relation since cosmic noon. It is significant that we only clearly see this bend when combining our new DEVILS measurements with consistently derived values for lower redshift galaxies from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey: This shows the power of having consistent treatment for galaxies at all redshifts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-567
Number of pages28
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 505, Issue 1, July 2021, Pages 540–567, Copyright 2021 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: general
  • galaxies: star formation
  • galaxies: stellar content


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