The redshift evolution of the distribution of star formation among dark matter halos as seen in the infrared

Béthermin, Matthieu, Wang, Lingyu, Doré, Olivier, Lagache, Guilaine, Sargent, Mark, Daddi, Emanuele, Cousin, Morgane and Aussel, Hervé (2013) The redshift evolution of the distribution of star formation among dark matter halos as seen in the infrared. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 557. A66. ISSN 0004-6361

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Recent studies revealed a strong correlation between the star formation rate (SFR) and stellar mass of star-forming galaxies, the so-called star-forming main sequence. An empirical modeling approach (2-SFM) which distinguishes between the main sequence and rarer starburst galaxies is capable of reproducing most statistical properties of infrared galaxies. In this paper, we extend this approach by establishing a connection between stellar mass and halo mass with the technique of abundance matching. Based on a few, simple assumptions and a physically motivated formalism, our model successfully predicts the (cross-)power spectra of the cosmic infrared background (CIB), the cross-correlation between CIB and cosmic microwave background (CMB) lensing, and the correlation functions of bright, resolved infrared galaxies measured by Herschel, Planck, ACT and SPT. We use this model to infer the redshift distribution these observables, as well as the level of correlation between CIB-anisotropies at different wavelengths. We also predict that more than 90% of cosmic star formation activity occurs in halos with masses between 10^11.5 and 10^13.5 Msun. Taking into account subsequent mass growth of halos, this implies that the majority of stars were initially (at z>3) formed in the progenitors of clusters, then in groups at 0.5<z<3 and finally in Milky-Way-like halos at z<0.5. At all redshifts, the dominant contribution to the star formation rate density stems from halos of mass ~10^12 Msun, in which the instantaneous star formation efficiency is maximal (~70%). The strong redshift-evolution of SFR in the galaxies that dominate the CIB is thus plausibly driven by increased accretion from the cosmic web onto halos of this characteristic mass scale.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Mark Sargent
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 14:22
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2017 02:58

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