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- COLD GASS, an IRAM legacy survey of molecular gas in massive galaxies III: comparison with semi-analytic models of galaxy formation
- Kauffmann, Guinevere; Li, Cheng; Fu, Jian; Saintonge, Amelie; Catinella, Barbara; Tacconi, Linda J.; Kramer, Carsten; Genzel, Reinhard; Moran, Sean; Schiminovich, David
- We compare the semi-analytic models of galaxy formation of Fu et al. (2010), which track the evolution of the radial profiles of atomic and molecular gas in galaxies, with gas fraction scaling relations derived from the COLD GASS survey (Saintonge et al 2011). The models provide a good description of how condensed baryons in galaxies with gas are partitioned into stars, atomic and molecular gas as a function of galaxy stellar mass and surface density. The models do not reproduce the tight observed relation between stellar surface density and bulge-to-disk ratio for this population. We then turn to an analysis of the"quenched" population of galaxies without detectable cold gas. The current implementation of radio-mode feedback in the models disagrees strongly with the data. In the models, gas cooling shuts down in nearly all galaxies in dark matter halos above a mass of 10**12 M_sun. As a result, stellar mass is the observable that best predicts whether a galaxy has little or no neutral gas. In contrast, our data show that quenching is largely independent of stellar mass. Instead, there are clear thresholds in bulge-to-disk ratio and in stellar surface density that demarcate the location of quenched galaxies. We propose that processes associated with bulge formation play a key role in depleting the neutral gas in galaxies and that further gas accretion is suppressed following the formation of the bulge, even in dark matter halos of low mass.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 422, no. 2 (May 2012), pp. 997-1006
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- FOR Code(s)
- 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences
- Fundamental parameters; Galaxy evolution; Galaxies; GALEX Arecibo SDSS Survey; GASS; ISM; Radio lines; Surveys
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- Copyright © 2012 The Authors. Journal copyright © 2012 Royal Astronomical Society.
- Peer reviewed