Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-28-2011

Publication Title

The Astrophysical Journal

Keywords

Galaxies: clusters: general, Galaxies: evolution, Galaxies: photometry, Methods: observational

ISSN

0004-637X

Volume

740

Issue/No.

2

First Page

1

Last Page

6

Abstract

We analyze Galaxy Evolution Explorer UV data for a system of four gravitationally bound groups at z = 0.37, SG1120, which is destined to merge into a Coma-mass cluster by z = 0, to study how galaxy properties may change during cluster assembly. Of the 38 visually classified S0 galaxies, with masses ranging from log (M *)[M ☉] ≈ 10-11, we detect only one in the near-UV (NUV) channel, a strongly star-forming S0 that is the brightest UV source with a measured redshift placing it in SG1120. Stacking the undetected S0 galaxies (which generally lie on or near the optical red sequence of SG1120) still results in no NUV/far-UV (FUV) detection (<2σ). Using our limit in the NUV band, we conclude that for a rapidly truncating star formation rate, star formation ceased at least ~0.1-0.7 Gyr ago, depending on the strength of the starburst prior to truncation. With an exponentially declining star formation history over a range of timescales, we rule out recent star formation over a wide range of ages. We conclude that if S0 formation involves significant star formation, it occurred well before the groups were in this current pre-assembly phase. As such, it seems that S0 formation is even more likely to be predominantly occurring outside of the cluster environment.

Comments

©2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Additional Comments

Support from JPL/Caltech GO program #20683; NASA LTSA award # NNG05GE82G; GALEX grant #MMX11AI47G; NASA/HST/G0-10499; JPL/Caltech SST GO-20683; Swiss National Science Foundation grant # PP002-110576

DOI

10.1088/0004-637X/740/2/54

Peer Reviewed

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