Coevolution of metallicity and star formation in galaxies to z ≃ 3.7 - II. A theoretical model

Leslie Hunt*, Pratika Dayal, Laura Magrini, Andrea Ferrara

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Abstract

Recent work suggests that galaxy evolution, and the build-up of stellar mass (M-*) over cosmic time, is characterized by changes with redshift of star formation rate (SFR) and oxygen abundance (O/H). In a companion paper, we have compiled a large data set to study Metallicity Evolution and Galaxy Assembly (MEGA), consisting of similar to 1000 galaxies to z similar or equal to 3.7 with a common O/H calibration. Here we interpret the MEGA scaling relations of M*, SFR, and O/H with an updated version of the model presented by Dayal et al. This model successfully reproduces the observed O/H ratio of similar to 80 000 galaxies selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to within 0.05-0.06 dex. By extending the model to the higher redshift MEGA sample, we find that although the specific mass loading of outflows does not change measurably during the evolution, the accretion rate and gas content of galaxies increase significantly with redshift. These two effects can explain, either separately or possibly in tandem, the observed lower metal abundance of high-z galaxies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2020-2031
Number of pages12
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume463
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Dec-2016

Keywords

  • galaxies: abundances
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: high-redshift
  • galaxies: star formation
  • GAS DEPLETION TIME
  • METAL-POOR STARBURSTS
  • FORMING MAIN-SEQUENCE
  • LYMAN-BREAK GALAXIES
  • ARECIBO SDSS SURVEY
  • LOW-MASS GALAXIES
  • MOLECULAR GAS
  • STELLAR MASS
  • SCALING RELATIONS
  • HIGH-REDSHIFT

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