Sub-millimetre galaxies reside in dark matter halos with masses greater than 3x10^11 solar masses

Amblard, Alexandre, Oliver, Seb and et al, (2011) Sub-millimetre galaxies reside in dark matter halos with masses greater than 3x10^11 solar masses. Nature, 470 (7335). pp. 510-512. ISSN 0028-0836

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The extragalactic background light at far-infrared wavelengths comes from optically faint, dusty, star-forming galaxies in the Universe with star formation rates of a few hundred solar masses per year. These faint, submillimetre galaxies are challenging to study individually because of the relatively poor spatial resolution of far-infrared telescopes. Instead, their average properties can be studied using statistics such as the angular power spectrum of the background intensity variations. A previous attempt at measuring this power spectrum resulted in the suggestion that the clustering amplitude is below the level computed with a simple ansatz based on a halo model. Here we report excess clustering over the linear prediction at arcminute angular scales in the power spectrum of brightness fluctuations at 250, 350 and 500m. From this excess, we find that submillimetre galaxies are located in dark matter haloes with a minimum mass, Mmin, such that log10[Mmin/Msolar] = at 350m, where Msolar is the solar mass. This minimum dark matter halo mass corresponds to the most efficient mass scale for star formation in the Universe, and is lower than that predicted by semi-analytical models for galaxy formation.

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Additional Information: This is a significant paper from the HerMES project which I co-lead. This science goal was a major motivation for the HerMES project. I led the proposal preparation for HerMES, planned and prepared the observations themselves. I managed the HerMES on a day-to-day level. For this paper in particular I co-ordinated the internal reviewing and commented extensively on the content personally.
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Seb Oliver
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 14:04
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