BUDHIES - III: the fate of H I and the quenching of galaxies in evolving environments

Yara L. Jaffé, Marc A. W. Verheijen, Chris P. Haines, Hyein Yoon, Ryan Cybulski, María Montero-Castaño, Rory Smith, Aeree Chung, Boris Z. Deshev, Ximena Fernández, Jacqueline van Gorkom, Bianca M. Poggianti, Min S. Yun, Alexis Finoguenov, Graham P. Smith, Nobuhiro Okabe

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In a hierarchical Universe clusters grow via the accretion of galaxies from the field, groups and even other clusters. As this happens, galaxies can lose and/or consume their gas reservoirs via different mechanisms, eventually quenching their star formation. We explore the diverse environmental histories of galaxies through a multiwavelength study of the combined effect of ram-pressure stripping and group `processing' in Abell 963, a massive growing cluster at z = 0.2 from the Blind Ultra Deep H I Environmental Survey (BUDHIES). We incorporate hundreds of new optical redshifts (giving a total of 566 cluster members), as well as Subaru and XMM-Newton data from LoCuSS, to identify substructures and evaluate galaxy morphology, star formation activity, and H I content (via H I deficiencies and stacking) out to 3 × R200. We find that Abell 963 is being fed by at least seven groups, that contribute to the large number of passive galaxies outside the cluster core. More massive groups have a higher fraction of passive and H I-poor galaxies, while low-mass groups host younger (often interacting) galaxies. For cluster galaxies not associated with groups we corroborate our previous finding that H I gas (if any) is significantly stripped via ram-pressure during their first passage through the intracluster medium, and find mild evidence for a starburst associated with this event. In addition, we find an overabundance of morphologically peculiar and/or star-forming galaxies near the cluster core. We speculate that these arise from the effect of groups passing through the cluster (post-processing). Our study highlights the importance of environmental quenching and the complexity added by evolving environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1221
Number of pages20
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 963
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: interactions
  • galaxies: peculiar

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