Atomic hydrogen discs as tracers of galaxy transformation in Abell 2626 and beyond

Tirna Deb


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The extended, fragile, collisional atomic hydrogen (HI) gas discs in galaxies are excellent diagnostic tracers of gravitational and hydrodynamic processes in the cosmic environment they are residing in and also reservoirs for star formation. Within a galaxy cluster, both gravitational perturbations (tidal interactions, harassment, etc.) and hydrodynamic processes (thermal evaporation, ram pressure stripping (RPS), etc.) are at play. However, it is not clear yet which of these processes dominate the transformation of galaxies from star forming and gas rich, to quiescent and gas poor. I am investigating the influences of the global and local cosmic environment on the evolution of galaxies, both from the HI morphologies of galaxies in different locations of cluster substructures and the multi-wavelength case studies of the striking galaxies. From the new MeerKAT telescope observations of A2626 volume, I am studying the spatially resolved morphologies of the 219 HI detected galaxies, covering a range of cosmic environments. By identifying the cluster substructures and characterising their environments, I investigate the relative importance and effects of the various physical mechanisms that are responsible for reshaping galaxies. In addition, I am also studying the detailed cases of HI gas stripping in the “jellyfish galaxies”, the extreme examples of RPS with in-situ star formation in the tails. I have analysed the multi-phase (neutral, molecular, ionised gas) ISM of jellyfish galaxies JW100 and JO204 from multi-wavelength MeerKAT or JVLA, MUSE and ALMA observations.
Originele taal-2English
KwalificatieDoctor of Philosophy
Toekennende instantie
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Verheijen, Marc, Supervisor
  • van der Hulst, Thijs, Supervisor
  • Poggianti, Bianca M., Supervisor, Externe Persoon
Datum van toekenning10-mei-2022
Plaats van publicatie[Groningen]
StatusPublished - 2022

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