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ID: 742817.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
NIHAO XIII: Clumpy discs or clumpy light in high-redshift galaxies?
Authors:Buck, T.; Macciò, A. V.; Obreja, A.; Dutton, A. A.; Domínguez-Tenreiro, R.; Granato, G. L.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2017
Title of Journal:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Start Page:3628
End Page:3649
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Many massive star forming disc galaxies in the redshift range 3 to 0.5 are observed to have a clumpy morphology showing giant clumps of size $\sim$1 kpc and masses of about $10^7M_{\odot}$ to $10^{10} M_{\odot}$. The nature and fate of these giant clumps is still under debate. In this work we use 19 high-resolution simulations of disc galaxies from the NIHAO sample to study the formation and the evolution of clumps in the discs of high redshift galaxies. We use mock HST - CANDELS observations created with the radiative transfer code GRASIL-3D to carry out, for the first time, a quantitative comparison of the observed fraction of clumpy galaxies and its evolution with redshift with simulations. We find a good agreement between the observed clumpy fraction and the one of the NIHAO galaxies. We find that dust attenuation can suppress intrinsically bright clumps and enhance less luminous ones. In our galaxy sample we only find clumps in light (u-band) from young stars but not in stellar mass surface density maps. This means that the NIHAO sample does not show clumpy stellar discs but rather a clumpy light distribution originating from clumpy star formation events. The clumps found in the NIHAO sample match observed age/color gradients as a function of distance from the galaxy center but they show no sign of inward migration. Clumps in our simulations disperse on timescales of a about a hundred Myr and their contribution to bulge growth is negligible.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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