The differential size growth of field and cluster glaxies at z= 2.1 using the zfourge survey

Rebecca J. Allen, Glenn G. Kacprzak, Lee R. Spitler, Karl Glazebrook, Ivo Labbé, Kim Vy H Tran, Caroline M S Straatman, Themiya Nanayakkara, Gabriel B. Brammer, Ryan F. Quadri, Michael Cowley, Andy Monson, Casey Papovich, S. Eric Persson, Glen Rees, V. Tilvi, Adam R. Tomczak

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Abstract

There is ongoing debate regarding the extent that environment affects galaxy size growth beyond z ≥ 1. To investigate the differences in star-forming and quiescent galaxy properties as a function of environment at z = 2.1, we create a mass-complete sample of 59 cluster galaxies and 478 field galaxies with log(M/) ≥ 9 using photometric redshifts from the ZFOURGE survey. We compare the mass-size relation of field and cluster galaxies using measured galaxy semi-major axis half-light radii () from CANDELS Hubble Space Telescope (HST)/F160W imaging. We find consistent mass-normalized (log(M/) = 10.7) sizes for quiescent field galaxies ( kpc) and quiescent cluster galaxies ( kpc). The mass-normalized size of star-forming cluster galaxies ( kpc) is 12% larger (Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) test ) than star-forming field galaxies ( kpc). From the mass-color relation we find that quiescent field galaxies with 9.7 < log(M/) are slightly redder (KS test 3.6σ) than quiescent cluster galaxies, while cluster and field quiescent galaxies with log(M/) > 10.4 have consistent colors. We find that star-forming cluster galaxies are on average 20% redder than star-forming field galaxies at all masses. Furthermore, we stack galaxy images to measure average radial color profiles as a function of mass. Negative color gradients are only present for massive star-forming field and cluster galaxies with log(M/) ; the remaining galaxy masses and types have flat profiles. Our results suggest, given the observed differences in size and color of star-forming field and cluster galaxies, that the environment has begun to influence/accelerate their evolution. However, the lack of differences between field and cluster quiescent galaxies indicates that the environment has not begun to significantly influence their evolution at z ∼ 2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume806
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2015 The American Astronomical Society. First published in the Astrophysical journal, 806(1), 3, 2015, published by IOP Publishing. The original publication is available at http://www.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/806/1/3. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

Keywords

  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: high-redshift
  • galaxies: structure

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