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Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): 'No Smoking' zone for giant elliptical galaxies?

Khosroshahi, HG and Raouf, M and Miraghaei, H and Brough, S and Croton, DJ and Driver, S and Graham, A and Baldry, IK and Brown, M and Prescott, M and Wang, L (2017) Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): 'No Smoking' zone for giant elliptical galaxies? Astrophysical Journal, 842 (2). ISSN 0004-637X

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Abstract

We study the radio emission of the most massive galaxies in a sample of dynamically relaxed and un-relaxed galaxy groups from Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA). The dynamical state of the group is defined by the stellar dominance of the brightest group galaxy, e.g. the luminosity gap between the two most luminous members, and the offset between the position of the brightest group galaxy and the luminosity centroid of the group. We find that the radio luminosity of the most massive galaxy in the group strongly depends on its environment, such that the brightest group galaxies in dynamically young (evolving) groups are an order of magnitude more luminous in the radio than those with a similar stellar mass but residing in dynamically old (relaxed) groups. This observation has been successfully reproduced by a newly developed semi-analytic model which allows us to explore the various causes of these findings. We find that the fraction of radio loud brightest group galaxies in the observed dynamically young groups is ~2 times that in the dynamically old groups. We discuss the implications of this observational constraint on the central galaxy properties in the context of galaxy mergers and the super-massive blackhole accretion rate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph.GA; astro-ph.GA
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: American Astronomical Society; IOP Publishing
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 10:17
DOI or Identification number: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa7048
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6441

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