PRIMUS: ONE- and TWO-HALO GALACTIC CONFORMITY at 0.2 < z < 1

Angela M. Berti, Alison L. Coil, Peter S. Behroozi, Daniel J. Eisenstein, Aaron D. Bray, Richard J. Cool, John Moustakas

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Abstract

We test for galactic conformity at 0.2 < z < 1.0 to a projected distance of 5Mpc using spectroscopic redshifts from the PRism MUlti-object Survey (PRIMUS). Our sample consists of ∼60,000 galaxies in five separate fields covering a total of ∼5.5 square degrees, which allows us to account for cosmic variance. We identify star-forming and quiescent "isolated primary" (i.e., central) galaxies using isolation criteria and cuts in specific star formation rate. We match the redshift and stellar mass distributions of these samples to control for correlations between quiescent fraction and redshift and stellar mass. We detect a significant (σ) one-halo conformity signal, or an excess of star-forming neighbors around star-forming central galaxies, of ∼5% on scales of 0-1 Mpc and a 2.5σ two-halo signal of ∼1% on scales of 1-3 Mpc. These signals are weaker than those detected in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and are consistent with galactic conformity being the result of large-scale tidal fields and reflecting assembly bias. We also measure the star-forming fraction of central galaxies at fixed stellar mass as a function of large-scale environment and find that central galaxies are more likely to be quenched in overdense environments, independent of stellar mass. However, we find that environment does not affect the star formation efficiency of central galaxies, as long as they are forming stars. We test for redshift and stellar mass dependence of the conformity signal within our sample and show that large volumes and multiple fields are required at intermediate redshift to adequately account for cosmic variance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number87
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume834
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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