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The galaxy environment in GAMA G3C groups using the Kilo Degree Survey Data Release 3

Costa-Duarte, M., Viola, M., Molino, A., Kuijken, K., Sodre Jr, L., Bilicki, M., Brouwer, M. M., Buddelmeijer, H., Getman, F., Grado, A., de Jong, J. T. A., Kleijn, G., Napolitano, N., Puddu, E., Radovich, M. & Vakili, M., Aug-2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 478, 2, p. 1968-1979 12 p.

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We aim to investigate the galaxy environment in GAMA Galaxy Groups Catalogue (G3C) using a volume-limited galaxy sample from the Kilo Degree Survey Data Release 3. The k-Nearest Neighbour technique is adapted to take into account the probability density functions of photometric redshifts in our calculations. This algorithm was tested on simulated KiDS tiles, showing its capability of recovering the relation between galaxy colour, luminosity, and local environment. The characterization of the galaxy environment in G3C groups shows systematically steeper density contrasts for more massive groups. The red galaxy fraction gradients in these groups is evident for most of group mass bins. The density contrast of red galaxies is systematically higher at group centres when compared to blue galaxy ones. In addition, distinct group centre definitions are used to show that our results are insensitive to centre definitions. These results confirm the galaxy evolution scenario which environmental mechanisms are responsible for a slow quenching process as galaxies fall into groups and clusters, resulting in a smooth observed colour gradients in galaxy systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1968-1979
Number of pages12
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume478
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2018

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  • galaxy cluster, galaxy evolution, galaxy formation, DIGITAL SKY SURVEY, MORPHOLOGY-DENSITY RELATION, MASS ASSEMBLY GAMA, STAR-FORMATION, STELLAR MASS, PHOTOMETRIC REDSHIFTS, CLUSTER GALAXIES, DISK GALAXIES, EVOLUTION, DEPENDENCE

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