The colors of bulges and disks in the core and outskirts of galaxy clusters

S. Barsanti*, M. S. Owers, R. M. McDermid, K. Bekki, J. J. Bryant, S. M. Croom, S. Oh, A. S. G. Robotham, N. Scott, J. van de Sande

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The role of the environment on the formation of S0 galaxies is still not well understood, specifically in the outskirts of galaxy clusters. We study eight low-redshift clusters, analyzing galaxy members up to cluster-centric distances of ~2.5 R200. We perform 2D photometric bulge–disk decomposition in the g, r, and i bands from which we identify 469 double-component galaxies. We separately analyze the colors of the bulges and disks and their dependence on the projected cluster-centric distance and local galaxy density. For our sample of cluster S0 galaxies, we find that bulges are redder than their surrounding disks, show a significant color–magnitude trend, and have colors that do not correlate with environment metrics. On the other hand, the disks associated with our cluster S0s become significantly bluer with increasing cluster-centric radius but show no evidence for a color–magnitude relation. The disk color–radius relation is mainly driven by galaxies in the cluster core at 0 ≤ R/R200 < 0.5. No significant difference is found for the disk colors of backsplash and infalling galaxies in the projected phase space (PPS). Beyond R200, the disk colors do not change with the local galaxy density, indicating that the colors of double-component galaxies are not affected by preprocessing. A significant color–density relation is observed for single-component disk-dominated galaxies beyond R200. We conclude that the formation of cluster S0 galaxies is primarily driven by cluster core processes acting on the disks, while evidence of preprocessing is found for single-component disk-dominated galaxies. We publicly release the data from the bulge–disk decomposition.
Original languageEnglish
Article number21
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021


  • Galaxy clusters
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Galaxy structure
  • Redshift surveys
  • Galaxy colors
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