The baryonic Tully-Fisher relation in the simba simulation

M. Glowacki, E. Elson, R. Davé

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We investigate the Baryonic Tully-Fisher relation (BTFR) in the (100h-1Mpc)3simba hydrodynamical galaxy formation simulation together with a higher resolution (25h-1Mpc)3simba run, for over 10 000 disc-dominated, H i-rich galaxies. We generate simulated galaxy rotation curves from the mass distribution, which we show yields similar results to using the gas rotational velocities. From this, we measure the galaxy rotation velocity Vcirc using four metrics: Vmax, Vflat, V2Re, and Vpolyex. We compare the predicted BTFR to the SPARC observational sample and find broad agreement. In detail, however, simba is biased towards higher Vcirc by up to 0.1 dex. We find evidence for the flattening of the BTFR in Vcirc > 300 km s-1 galaxies, in agreement with recent observational findings. simba's rotation curves are more peaked for lower mass galaxies, in contrast with observations, suggesting overly bulge-dominated dwarf galaxies in our sample. We investigate for residuals around the BTFR versus H i mass, stellar mass, gas fraction, and specific star formation rate, which provide testable predictions for upcoming BTFR surveys. simba's BTFR shows sub-optimal resolution mass convergence, with the higher resolution run lowering V in better agreement with data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3687-3702
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • galaxies: ISM
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: formation
  • galaxies: general
  • methods: numerical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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