It is well known that galaxy properties correlate with the local environment in which galaxies reside. In contrast, it is still matter of debate why and when these environmental dependences originate, and whether only one "main" property depends on environment, thus driving all the others environmental dependences via the correlations among properties themselves. We use the first ˜ 10, 000 spectra of the zCOSMOS sample (I <= 22. 5) to study the role of galaxy stellar mass in the colour-density relation up to z = 1. We confirm that within a luminosity-limited sample (M B <= - 20. 5 - z) red galaxies reside mainly in high densities (delta) at least up to z = 1. This trend becomes weaker for increasing redshifts, and it is mirrored by the D n 4, 000 r{A} break-density relation. We also find that up to z ˜ 1 the fraction of galaxies with log(EW[OII]) >= 1. 15 is higher for lower delta. Given the triple dependence among galaxy colours, stellar mass and delta, the colour-delta relation that we find can be due to the broad range of stellar masses embedded in the sample. We find that once mass is fixed the colour-delta relation is globally flat up to z ˜ 1 for galaxies with log(M / M sun ) >= 10. 7. On the contrary, even at fixed mass we observe that within 0. 1 <= z <= 0. 5 the fraction of red galaxies with log(M / M sun ) <= 10. 7 depends on delta. We suggest a scenario in which the colour depends primarily on stellar mass, but for an intermediate mass regime (10. 2 <= log(M / M sun ) <= 10. 7) the local density modulates this dependence. These lower mass galaxies formed more recently, in an epoch when evolved structures were already in place, and their longer SFH allowed environment-driven physical processes to operate during longer periods of time.

The Role of Galaxy Stellar Mass in the Colour-Density Relation up to z ~1 / O. Cucciati; A. Iovino; K. Kovac. - STAMPA. - (2011), pp. 171-175. (Intervento presentato al convegno Environment and the Formation of Galaxies: 30 years later tenutosi a Lisbon (Portugal) nel 6-10 September 2011) [10.1007/978-3-642-20285-8_34].

The Role of Galaxy Stellar Mass in the Colour-Density Relation up to z ~1

CUCCIATI, OLGA;
2011

Abstract

It is well known that galaxy properties correlate with the local environment in which galaxies reside. In contrast, it is still matter of debate why and when these environmental dependences originate, and whether only one "main" property depends on environment, thus driving all the others environmental dependences via the correlations among properties themselves. We use the first ˜ 10, 000 spectra of the zCOSMOS sample (I <= 22. 5) to study the role of galaxy stellar mass in the colour-density relation up to z = 1. We confirm that within a luminosity-limited sample (M B <= - 20. 5 - z) red galaxies reside mainly in high densities (delta) at least up to z = 1. This trend becomes weaker for increasing redshifts, and it is mirrored by the D n 4, 000 r{A} break-density relation. We also find that up to z ˜ 1 the fraction of galaxies with log(EW[OII]) >= 1. 15 is higher for lower delta. Given the triple dependence among galaxy colours, stellar mass and delta, the colour-delta relation that we find can be due to the broad range of stellar masses embedded in the sample. We find that once mass is fixed the colour-delta relation is globally flat up to z ˜ 1 for galaxies with log(M / M sun ) >= 10. 7. On the contrary, even at fixed mass we observe that within 0. 1 <= z <= 0. 5 the fraction of red galaxies with log(M / M sun ) <= 10. 7 depends on delta. We suggest a scenario in which the colour depends primarily on stellar mass, but for an intermediate mass regime (10. 2 <= log(M / M sun ) <= 10. 7) the local density modulates this dependence. These lower mass galaxies formed more recently, in an epoch when evolved structures were already in place, and their longer SFH allowed environment-driven physical processes to operate during longer periods of time.
2011
Environment and the Formation of Galaxies: 30 Years Later
171
175
The Role of Galaxy Stellar Mass in the Colour-Density Relation up to z ~1 / O. Cucciati; A. Iovino; K. Kovac. - STAMPA. - (2011), pp. 171-175. (Intervento presentato al convegno Environment and the Formation of Galaxies: 30 years later tenutosi a Lisbon (Portugal) nel 6-10 September 2011) [10.1007/978-3-642-20285-8_34].
O. Cucciati; A. Iovino; K. Kovac
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