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|Title:||Fast and Slow Paths to Quiescence: Ages and Sizes of 400 Quiescent Galaxies from the LEGA-C Survey||Authors:||Wu, Po-Feng
VAN DER WEL, ARJEN
GALLAZZI, Anna Rita
Straatman, Caroline M. S.
Bell, Eric F.
van Houdt, Josha
|Issue Date:||2018||Journal:||THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL||Number:||868||Issue:||1||First Page:||37||Abstract:||We analyze the stellar age indicators (D<SUB> n </SUB>4000 and EW(Hδ)) and sizes of 467 quiescent galaxies with M <SUB>*</SUB> ≥ 10<SUP>10</SUP> M <SUB>☉</SUB> at z ∼ 0.7 drawn from DR2 of the LEGA-C survey. Interpreting index variations in terms of equivalent single stellar population age, we find that the median stellar population is younger for larger galaxies at fixed stellar mass. The effect is significant, yet small; the ages of the larger and smaller subsets differ by only <500 Myr, much less than the age variation among individual galaxies (∼1.5 Gyr). At the same time, post-starburst galaxies—those that experienced recent and rapid quenching events—are much smaller than expected based on the global correlation between age and size of normal quiescent galaxies. These coexisting trends unify seemingly contradictory results in the literature; the complex correlations between size and age indicators revealed by our large sample of galaxies with high-quality spectra suggest that there are multiple evolutionary pathways to quiescence. Regardless of the specific physical mechanisms responsible for the cessation of star formation in massive galaxies, the large scatter in D<SUB> n </SUB>4000 and EW(Hδ) immediately implies that galaxies follow a large variety of evolutionary pathways. On the one hand, we see evidence for a process that slowly shuts off star formation and transforms star-forming galaxies to quiescent galaxies without necessarily changing their structures. On the other hand, there is likely a mechanism that rapidly quenches galaxies, an event that coincides with dramatic structural changes, producing post-starburst galaxies that can be smaller than their progenitors.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/27962||URL:||https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aae822||ISSN:||0004-637X||DOI:||10.3847/1538-4357/aae822||Bibcode ADS:||2018ApJ...868...37W||Fulltext:||open|
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