The neutral hydrogen content of galaxies in cosmological hydrodynamic simulations

Romeel Davé, Neal Katz, Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, Juna A. Kollmeier, David H. Weinberg

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We examine the global HI properties of galaxies in quarter billion particle cosmological simulations using GADGET-2, focusing on howgalactic outflows impactHI content. We consider four outflow models, including a new one (ezw) motivated by recent interstellar medium simulations in which the wind speed and mass loading factor scale as expected for momentumdriven outflows for larger galaxies and energy-driven outflows for dwarfs (s >75 km s-1). To obtain predicted HI masses, we employ a simple but effective local correction for particle selfshielding and an observationally constrained transition from neutral to molecular hydrogen. Our ezw simulation produces an HI mass function whose faint-end slope of -1.3 agrees well with observations from the Arecibo Fast Legacy ALFA survey; other models agree less well. Satellite galaxies have a bimodal distribution in HI fraction versus halo mass, with smaller satellites and/or those in larger haloes more often being HI deficient. At a given stellar mass, HI content correlates with the star formation rate and inversely correlates with metallicity, as expected if driven by stochasticity in the accretion rate. To higher redshifts, massive HI galaxies disappear and the mass function steepens. The global cosmic HI density conspires to remain fairly constant from z ~ 5?0, but the relative contribution from smaller galaxies increases with redshift.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2645-2663
Number of pages19
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Abundances - Galaxies
  • Atoms - Galaxies
  • Evolution - Galaxies
  • Formation -Galaxies
  • Ism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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