YZiCS: Preprocessing of Dark Halos in the Hydrodynamic Zoom-in Simulation of Clusters

San Han, Rory Smith, Hoseung Choi, Luca Cortese, Barbara Catinella, Emanuele Contini, Sukyoung K. Yi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27 Citations (Scopus)


To understand the galaxy population in clusters today, we should also consider the impact of previous environments prior to cluster infall, namely preprocessing. We use the Yonsei Zoom-in Cluster Simulation, a hydrodynamic high-resolution zoom-in simulation of 15 clusters, and focus on the tidal stripping suffered by the dark matter halos of cluster members due to preprocessing. We find that ∼48% of today's cluster members were once satellites of other hosts. This is slightly higher than previous estimates, in part because we consider not just group-mass hosts but hosts of all masses. Thus, we find that the preprocessed fraction is poorly correlated with cluster mass and is instead related to each cluster's recent mass growth rate. Hosts less massive than groups are significant contributors, providing more than one-third of the total preprocessed fraction. We find that halo mass loss is a clear function of the time spent in hosts. However, two factors can increase the mass-loss rate considerably: the mass ratio of a satellite to its host and the cosmological epoch when the satellite was hosted. The latter means we may have previously underestimated the role of high-redshift groups. From a sample of heavily tidally stripped members in clusters today, nearly three-quarters were previously in a host. Thus, visibly disturbed cluster members are more likely to have experienced preprocessing. Being hosted before cluster infall enables cluster members to experience tidal stripping for extended durations compared to direct cluster infall and at earlier epochs when hosts were more destructive.

Original languageEnglish
Article number78
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the anonymous referee for providing many useful comments that have helped to improve the paper. S.K.Y. acknowledges support from the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF-2017R1A2A1A05001116). This study was performed under the umbrella of the joint collaboration between Yonsei University Observatory and the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute. The supercomputing time for the numerical simulations was kindly provided by KISTI (KSC-2014-G2-003). We acknowledge support by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“Galaxy evolution across environments: linking Australian observatories and Korean simulations”—AKF00601). Parts of this research were conducted by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) through project number CE170100013. As the head of the group, S.K.Y. acted as the corresponding author.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


Dive into the research topics of 'YZiCS: Preprocessing of Dark Halos in the Hydrodynamic Zoom-in Simulation of Clusters'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this