The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Observing the environmental quenching of star formation in GAMA groups

A. L. Schaefer, S. M. Croom, N. Scott, S. Brough, J. T. Allen, K. Bekki, J. Bland-Hawthorn, J. V. Bloom, J. J. Bryant, L. Cortese, L. J.M. Davies, C. Federrath, L. M.R. Fogarty, A. W. Green, B. Groves, A. M. Hopkins, I. S. Konstantopoulos, A. R. López-Sánchez, J. S. Lawrence, R. E. McElroyA. M. Medling, M. S. Owers, M. B. Pracy, S. N. Richards, A. S.G. Robotham, J. Van De Sande, C. Tonini, S. K. Yi

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We explore the radial distribution of star formation in galaxies in the SAMI Galaxy Survey as a function of their Local Group environment. Using a sample of galaxies in groups (with halo masses less than ≃ 1014M) from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly Survey, we find signatures of environmental quenching in high-mass groups (MG ≥ 1012.5M). The mean integrated specific star formation rate (sSFR) of star-forming galaxies in high-mass groups is lower than for galaxies in low-mass groups or those that are ungrouped, with Δlog(sSFR/yr-1) = 0.45 ± 0.07. This difference is seen at all galaxy stellar masses. In high-mass groups, starforming galaxies more massive than M ∼ 1010M have centrally concentrated star formation. These galaxies also lie below the star formation main sequence, which suggests they may be undergoing outside-in quenching. Lower mass galaxies in high-mass groups do not show evidence of concentrated star formation. In groups less massive than MG = 1012.5M, we do not observe these trends. In this regime, we find a modest correlation between centrally concentrated star formation and an enhancement in the total star formation rate, consistent with triggered star formation in these galaxies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2851-2870
Number of pages20
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Schaefer, A. L., Croom, S. M., Scott, N., Brough, S., Allen, J. T., Bekki, K., Bland-Hawthorn, J., Bloom, J. V., Bryant, J. J., Cortese, L., Davies, L. J. M., Federrath, C., Fogarty, L. M. R., Green, A. W., Groves, B., Hopkins, A. M., Konstantopoulos, I. S., López-Sánchez, A. R., Lawrence, J. S., ... Yi, S. K. (2019). The SAMI Galaxy Survey: Observing the environmental quenching of star formation in GAMA groups. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 483(3), 2851-2870.