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Role of galaxy mergers in cosmic star formation history

dc.contributor.authorShi, Yong
dc.contributor.authorRieke, George
dc.contributor.authorLotz, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorPérez González, Pablo Guillermo
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-20T04:16:35Z
dc.date.available2023-06-20T04:16:35Z
dc.date.issued2009-06-01
dc.description© 2009 The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. We thank the anonymous referee for detailed comments. Support for this work was provided by NASA through contract 1255094 issued by JPL/California Institute of Technology. J.M.L. acknowledges support from Leo Goldberg Fellowship sponsored by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. P.G.P.-G. acknowledges support from the Spanish Programa Nacional de Astronomía y Astrofísica under grants AYA 2006– 02358 and AYA 2006–15698–C02–02, and from the Ramón y Cajal Program financed by the Spanish Government and the European Union.
dc.description.abstractWe present a morphology study of intermediate-redshift (0.2 < z < 1.2) luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs) and general field galaxies in the GOODS fields using a revised asymmetry measurement method optimized for deep fields. By taking careful account of the importance of the underlying sky-background structures, our new method does not suffer from systematic bias and offers small uncertainties. By redshifting local LIRGs and low-redshift GOODS galaxies to different higher redshifts, we have found that the redshift dependence of the galaxy asymmetry due to surface-brightness dimming is a function of the asymmetry itself, with larger corrections for more asymmetric objects. By applying redshift-, infrared (IR)-luminosity- and optical-brightness-dependent asymmetry corrections, we have found that intermediate-redshift LIRGs generally show highly asymmetric morphologies, with implied merger fractions ~50% up to z = 1.2, although they are slightly more symmetric than local LIRGs. For general field galaxies, we find an almost constant relatively high merger fraction (20%-30%). The B-band luminosity functions (LFs) of galaxy mergers are derived at different redshifts up to z = 1.2 and confirm the weak evolution of the merger fraction after breaking the luminosity-density degeneracy. The IR LFs of galaxy mergers are also derived, indicating a larger merger fraction at higher IR luminosity. The integral of the merger IR LFs indicates a dramatic evolution of the merger-induced IR energy density [(1 + z)^~(5-6)], and that galaxy mergers start to dominate the cosmic IR energy density at z greater than or ~ 1.
dc.description.departmentDepto. de Física de la Tierra y Astrofísica
dc.description.facultyFac. de Ciencias Físicas
dc.description.refereedTRUE
dc.description.sponsorshipMinisterio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
dc.description.sponsorshipLeo Goldberg Fellowship
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), EE.UU.
dc.description.sponsorshipPrograma Nacional de Astronomía y Astrofísica (PNAyA), España
dc.description.sponsorshipUnión Europea (UE)
dc.description.sponsorshipAyudas para contratos Ramón y Cajal (RYC), MINECO
dc.description.statuspub
dc.eprint.idhttps://eprints.ucm.es/id/eprint/38653
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dc.identifier.doi10.1088/0004-637X/697/2/1764
dc.identifier.issn0004-637X
dc.identifier.officialurlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/697/2/1764
dc.identifier.relatedurlhttp://iopscience.iop.org/
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14352/45118
dc.issue.number2
dc.journal.titleAstrophysical journal
dc.language.isoeng
dc.page.final1783
dc.page.initial1764
dc.publisherAmerican Astronomical Society
dc.relation.projectID1255094
dc.relation.projectIDAYA 2006– 02358
dc.relation.projectIDAYA 2006–15698–C02–02
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dc.subject.cdu52
dc.subject.keywordLuminous infrared galaxies
dc.subject.keywordLdss redshift surveys
dc.subject.keywordOrigins deep survey
dc.subject.keywordDigital sky survey
dc.subject.keywordField galaxies
dc.subject.keywordStellar mass
dc.subject.keywordDistant galaxies
dc.subject.keywordSpitzer view
dc.subject.keywordEvolution
dc.subject.keywordMorphology
dc.subject.ucmAstrofísica
dc.subject.ucmAstronomía (Física)
dc.titleRole of galaxy mergers in cosmic star formation history
dc.typejournal article
dc.volume.number697
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