Galaxy and mass assembly (GAMA): Mass-size relations of z < 0.1 galaxies subdivided by Sérsic index, colour and morphology

Rebecca Lange*, Simon P. Driver, Aaron S G Robotham, Lee S. Kelvin, Alister W. Graham, Mehmet Alpaslan, Stephen K. Andrews, Ivan K. Baldry, Steven Bamford, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sarah Brough, Michelle E. Cluver, Christopher J. Conselice, Luke J M Davies, Boris Haeussler, Iraklis S. Konstantopoulos, Jon Loveday, Amanda J. Moffett, Peder Norberg, Steven PhillippsEdward N. Taylor, Ángel R. López-Sánchez, Stephen M. Wilkins

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We use data from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey in the redshift range 0.01 < z < 0.1 (8399 galaxies in g to Ks bands) to derive the stellar mass-half-light radius relations for various divisions of 'early'- and 'late'-type samples. We find that the choice of division between early and late (i.e. colour, shape, morphology) is not particularly critical; however, the adopted mass limits and sample selections (i.e. the careful rejection of outliers and use of robust fitting methods) are important. In particular, we note that for samples extending to low stellar mass limits (<1010M⊙) the Sérsic index bimodality, evident for high-mass systems, becomes less distinct and no-longer acts as a reliable separator of earlyand late-type systems. The final set of stellar mass-half-light radius relations are reported for a variety of galaxy population subsets in 10 bands (ugrizZY JHKs) and are intended to provide a comprehensive low-z benchmark for the many ongoing high-z studies. Exploring the variation of the stellar mass-half-light radius relations with wavelength, we confirm earlier findings that galaxies appear more compact at longer wavelengths albeit at a smaller level than previously noted: at 1010M⊙ both spiral systems and ellipticals show a decrease in size of 13 per cent from g to Ks (which is near linear in log wavelength). Finally, we note that the sizes used in this work are derived from 2D Sérsic light profile fitting (using GALFIT3), i.e. elliptical semimajor half-light radii, improving on earlier low-z benchmarks based on circular apertures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2603-2630
Number of pages28
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD
  • Galaxies: formation
  • Galaxies: fundamental parameters
  • Galaxies: spiral
  • Galaxies: statistics


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