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Real galaxy mergers from galaxy pair catalogues

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  • Hugo Pfister
  • Massimo Dotti
  • Clothilde Laigle
  • Yohan Dubois
  • Marta Volonteri

Mergers of galaxies are extremely violent events shaping their evolution. Such events are thought to trigger starbursts and, possibly, black hole accretion. Nonetheless, it is still not clear how to know the fate of a galaxy pair from the data available at a given time, limiting our ability to constrain the exact role of mergers. In this paper we use the light-cone of the HORIZON-AGN simulation, for which we know the fate of each pair, to test three selection processes aiming at identifying true merging pairs. We find that the simplest one (selecting objects within two thresholds on projected distance d and redshift difference Delta z) gives similar results than the most complex one (based on a neural network analysing d, Delta z, redshift of the primary, masses/star formation rates/aspect ratio of both galaxies). Our best thresholds are d(th) similar to 100 kpc and Delta z(th) similar to 10(-3), in agreement with recent results.

TidsskriftMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)922-929
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2020


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