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The H I mass function as a probe of photoionization feedback on low-mass galaxy formation.

Kim, H.-S. and Wyithe, J.S.B. and Power, C. and Park, J. and Lagos, C.d.P. and Baugh, C.M. (2015) 'The H I mass function as a probe of photoionization feedback on low-mass galaxy formation.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 453 (3). pp. 2315-2325.

Abstract

We explore the galaxy formation physics governing the low-mass end of the H i mass function in the local Universe. Specifically, we predict the effects on the H i mass function of varying (i) the strength of photoionization feedback and the redshift of the end of the epoch of reionization, (ii) the cosmology, (iii) the supernovae feedback prescription and (iv) the efficiency of star formation. We find that the shape of the low-mass end of the H i mass function is most affected by the critical halo mass below which galaxy formation is suppressed by photoionization heating of the intergalactic medium. We model the redshift dependence of this critical dark matter halo mass by requiring a match to the low-mass end of the H i mass function. The best-fitting critical dark matter halo mass decreases as redshift increases in this model, corresponding to a circular velocity of ∼50 km s−1 at z = 0, ∼30 km s−1 at z ∼ 1 and ∼12 km s−1 at z = 6. We find that an evolving critical halo mass is required to explain both the shape and abundance of galaxies in the H i mass function below M HI ∼10 8 h −2 M ⊙ MHI∼108h−2M⊙ . The model makes specific predictions for the clustering strength of H i-selected galaxies with H i masses >106 and >107 h−2 M⊙ and for the relation between the H i and stellar mass contents of galaxies which will be testable with upcoming surveys with the Square Kilometre Array and its pathfinders. We conclude that measurements of the H i mass function at z ≥ 0 will lead to an improvement in our understanding of the net effect of photoionization feedback on galaxy formation and evolution.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Galaxies: evolution, Galaxies: formation, Large-scale structure of Universe, Radio lines: galaxies.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv1822
Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2015 The Author Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:04 August 2015
Date deposited:10 February 2016
Date of first online publication:November 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

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