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Quenching Star Formation at Intermediate Redshifts: Downsizing of the Mass Flux Density in the Green Valley

Gonçalves, Thiago S. and Martin, D. Christopher and Menéndez-Delmestre, Karín and Wyder, Ted K. and Koekemoer, Anton (2012) Quenching Star Formation at Intermediate Redshifts: Downsizing of the Mass Flux Density in the Green Valley. Astrophysical Journal, 759 (1). Art. No. 67. ISSN 0004-637X.

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The bimodality in galaxy properties has been observed at low and high redshifts, with a clear distinction between star-forming galaxies in the blue cloud and passively evolving objects in the red sequence; the absence of galaxies with intermediate properties indicates that the quenching of star formation and subsequent transition between populations must happen rapidly. In this paper, we present a study of over 100 transiting galaxies in the so-called green valley at intermediate redshifts (z ~ 0.8). By using very deep spectroscopy with the DEIMOS instrument at the Keck telescope we are able to infer the star formation histories of these objects and measure the stellar mass flux density transiting from the blue cloud to the red sequence when the universe was half its current age. Our results indicate that the process happened more rapidly and for more massive galaxies in the past, suggesting a top-down scenario in which the massive end of the red sequence is forming first. This represents another aspect of downsizing, with the mass flux density moving toward smaller galaxies in recent times.

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Martin, D. Christopher0000-0002-8650-1644
Menéndez-Delmestre, Karín0000-0003-3153-5123
Koekemoer, Anton0000-0002-6610-2048
Additional Information:© 2012 American Astronomical Society. Received 2011 December 9; accepted 2012 September 14; published 2012 October 17. We thank the anonymous referee for comments that have significantly improved this paper, with special attention to the luminosity functions and co-added spectra. T.S.G. thanks Samir Salim for useful comments and suggestions. Some of the data presented here were obtained at the W.M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W.M. Keck Foundation. The authors recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community. We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain. This study makes use of data from AEGIS, a multiwavelength sky survey conducted with the Chandra, GALEX, Hubble, Keck, CFHT,MMT, Subaru, Palomar, Spitzer, VLA, and other telescopes and supported in part by the NSF, NASA, and the STFC. The analysis pipeline used to reduce the DEIMOS data was developed at UC Berkeley with support from NSF grant AST-0071048. Based on observations obtained with MegaPrime/MegaCam, a joint project of CFHT and CEA/DAPNIA, at the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) which is operated by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, the Institut National des Science de l’Univers of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of France, and the University of Hawaii. This work is based in part on data products produced at TERAPIX and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre as part of the Canada–France–Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey, a collaborative project of NRC and CNRS.
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Subject Keywords:galaxies: evolution; galaxies: luminosity function, mass function
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Official Citation:Quenching Star Formation at Intermediate Redshifts: Downsizing of the Mass Flux Density in the Green Valley Thiago S. Gonçalves, D. Christopher Martin, Karín Menéndez-Delmestre, Ted K. Wyder, and Anton Koekemoer doi:10.1088/0004-637X/759/1/67
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