Mapping galaxy encounters in numerical simulations: the spatial extent of induced star formation
Ellison, S. L.
Patton, D. R.
Bluck, A. F. L.
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CitationMoreno, J., P. Torrey, S. L. Ellison, D. R. Patton, A. F. L. Bluck, G. Bansal, and L. Hernquist. 2015. “Mapping Galaxy Encounters in Numerical Simulations: The Spatial Extent of Induced Star Formation.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 448 (2) (February 9): 1107–1117. doi:10.1093/mnras/stv094.
AbstractWe employ a suite of 75 simulations of galaxies in idealized major mergers (stellar mass ratio ∼2.5:1), with a wide range of orbital parameters, to investigate the spatial extent of interaction-induced star formation. Although the total star formation in galaxy encounters is generally elevated relative to isolated galaxies, we find that this elevation is a combination of intense enhancements within the central kpc and moderately suppressed activity at larger galactocentric radii. The radial dependence of the star formation enhancement is stronger in the less massive galaxy than in the primary, and is also more pronounced in mergers of more closely aligned disc spin orientations. Conversely, these trends are almost entirely independent of the encounter's impact parameter and orbital eccentricity. Our predictions of the radial dependence of triggered star formation, and specifically the suppression of star formation beyond kpc-scales, will be testable with the next generation of integral-field spectroscopic surveys.
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