Environmental Impact on Star-forming Galaxies in a z ∼ 0.9 Cluster during the Course of Galaxy Accretion

Tetsuro Asano, Tadayuki Kodama, Kentaro Motohara, Lori Lubin, Brian C. Lemaux, Roy Gal, Adam Tomczak, Dale Kocevski, Masao Hayashi, Yusei Koyama, Ichi Tanaka, Tomoko L. Suzuki, Naoaki Yamamoto, Daiki Kimura, Masahiro Konishi, Hidenori Takahashi, Yasunori Terao, Kosuke Kushibiki, Yukihiro Kono, Yuzuru Yoshii

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Galaxies change their properties as they assemble into clusters. In order to understand the physics behind that, we need to go back in time and observe directly what is occurring in galaxies as they fall into a cluster. We have conducted a narrowband and J-band imaging survey on a cluster CL1604-D at z = 0.923 using a new infrared instrument SWIMS installed at the Subaru Telescope. The narrowband filter, NB1261, matches to Hα emission from the cluster at z = 0.923. Combined with a wide range of existing data from various surveys, we have investigated galaxy properties in and around this cluster in great detail. We have identified 27 Hα emitters associated with the cluster. They have significant overlap with MIPS 24,μ m sources and are located exclusively in the star-forming regime on the rest-frame UVJ diagram. We have identified two groups of galaxies near the cluster in the 2D spatial distribution and the phase-space diagram, which are likely to be in-falling to the cluster main body. We have compared various physical properties of star-forming galaxies, such as specific star formation rates (burstiness) and morphologies (merger) as a function of environment, cluster center, older group, younger group, and the field. As a result, a global picture has emerged on how the galaxy properties are altered as they assemble into a denser region. This includes the occurrence of mergers, enhancement of star formation activity, excursion to the dusty starburst phase, and eventual quenching to a passive phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article number64
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 10


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