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An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey UKIDSS/UDS field: halo masses for submillimetre galaxies

Stach, SM; Smail, I; Amvrosiadis, A; Swinbank, AM; Dudzevičiūtė, U; Geach, JE; Almaini, O; Birkin, JE; Chen, Chian-Chou; Conselice, CJ; Cooke, EA; Coppin, KEK; Dunlop, JS; Farrah, D; Ikarashi, S; Ivison, RJ; Wardlow, JL

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SM Stach

JE Geach

O Almaini

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Jack Birkin jack.birkin@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

Chian-Chou Chen

CJ Conselice

EA Cooke

KEK Coppin

JS Dunlop

D Farrah

S Ikarashi

RJ Ivison

JL Wardlow



Abstract

We present an analysis of the spatial clustering of a large sample of high-resolution, interferometically identified, submillimetre galaxies (SMGs). We measure the projected cross-correlation function of ∼350 SMGs in the UKIDSS Ultra Deep-Survey Field across a redshift range of z = 1.5–3 utilizing a method that incorporates the uncertainties in the redshift measurements for both the SMGs and cross-correlated galaxies through sampling their full probability distribution functions. By measuring the absolute linear bias of the SMGs, we derive halo masses of log10(Mhalo[h−1M⊙]) ∼ 12.8 with no evidence of evolution in the halo masses with redshift, contrary to some previous work. From considering models of halo mass growth rates, we predict that the SMGs will reside in haloes of mass log10(Mhalo[h−1M⊙]) ∼ 13.2 at z = 0, consistent with the expectation that the majority of z = 1.5–3 SMGs will evolve into present-day spheroidal galaxies. Finally, comparing to models of stellar-to-halo mass ratios, we show that SMGs may correspond to systems that are maximally efficient at converting their gas reservoirs into stars. We compare them to a simple model for gas cooling in haloes that suggests that the unique properties of the SMG population, including their high levels of star formation and their redshift distribution, are a result of the SMGs being the most massive galaxies that are still able to accrete cool gas from their surrounding intragalactic medium.

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Stach, S., Smail, I., Amvrosiadis, A., Swinbank, A., Dudzevičiūtė, U., Geach, J., …Wardlow, J. (2021). An ALMA survey of the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey UKIDSS/UDS field: halo masses for submillimetre galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 504(1), https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stab714

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 5, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 10, 2021
Publication Date Jun 1, 2021
Deposit Date May 5, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 6, 2021
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 504
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stab714
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1248806

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