We use the full VIPERS redshift survey in combination with SDSS-DR7 to explore the relationships between star-formation history (using d4000), stellar mass and galaxy structure, and how these relationships have evolved since z similar to 1. We trace the extents and evolutions of both the blue cloud and red sequence by fitting double Gaussians to the d4000 distribution of galaxies in narrow stellar mass bins, for four redshift intervals over 0 < z < 1. This reveals downsizing in star formation, since the high-mass limit of the blue cloud has retreated steadily with time from M similar to 10(11.2) M-circle dot at z similar to 0.9 to M similar to 10(10.7) M-circle dot by the present day. The number density of massive blue-cloud galaxies (M > 10(11) M-circle dot, d4000 < 1.55) drops sharply by a factor five between z similar to 0.8 and z similar to 0.5. These galaxies are becoming quiescent at a rate that largely matches the increase in the numbers of massive passive galaxies seen over this period. We examine the size-mass relation of blue-cloud galaxies, finding that its high-mass boundary runs along lines of constant M/r(e) or equivalently inferred velocity dispersion. Larger galaxies can continue to form stars to higher stellar masses than smaller galaxies. As blue-cloud galaxies approach this high-mass limit, entering a narrow diagonal region within the size-mass plane termed the "quenching zone", they start to be quenched, their d4000 values increasing to push them towards the green valley. In parallel, their structures change, showing higher Sersic indices and central stellar mass densities. For these galaxies, bulge growth is required for them to reach the high-mass limit of the blue cloud and be quenched by internal mechanisms. The blue-cloud galaxies that are being quenched at z similar to 0.8 lie along the same size-mass relation as present day quiescent galaxies and seem the likely progenitors of today's S0s.
The VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS): Downsizing of the blue cloud and the influence of galaxy size on mass quenching over the last eight billion years / C.P. Haines, A. Iovino, J. Krywult, L. Guzzo, I. Davidzon, M. Bolzonella, B. Garilli, M. Scodeggio, B.R. Granett, S. De La Torre, G. De Lucia, U. Abbas, C. Adami, S. Arnouts, D. Bottini, A. Cappi, O. Cucciati, P. Franzetti, A. Fritz, A. Gargiulo, V. Le Brun, O. Le Fèvre, D. Maccagni, K. Małek, F. Marulli, T. Moutard, M. Polletta, A. Pollo, L.A.M. Tasca, R. Tojeiro, D. Vergani, A. Zanichelli, G. Zamorani, J. Bel, E. Branchini, J. Coupon, O. Ilbert, L. Moscardini, J.A. Peacock, M. Siudek. - In: ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS. - ISSN 0004-6361. - 605(2017), pp. A4.1-A4.20.
|Titolo:||The VIMOS Public Extragalactic Redshift Survey (VIPERS): Downsizing of the blue cloud and the influence of galaxy size on mass quenching over the last eight billion years|
|Parole Chiave:||galaxies: evolution; galaxies: star formation; galaxies: structure; galaxies: stellar content|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/05 - Astronomia e Astrofisica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201630118|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|