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Title: Suppression of star formation in low-mass galaxies caused by the reionization of their local neighbourhood

Abstract

Photoheating associated with reionization suppressed star formation in low-mass galaxies. Reionization was inhomogeneous, however, affecting different regions at different times. To establish the causal connection between reionization and suppression, we must take this local variation into account. We analyze the results of CoDa (‘Cosmic Dawn’) I, the first fully coupled radiation-hydrodynamical simulation of reionization and galaxy formation in the Local Universe, in a volume large enough to model reionization globally but with enough resolving power to follow all atomic-cooling galactic halos in that volume. For every halo identified at a given time, we find the redshift at which the surrounding IGM reionized, along with its instantaneous star formation rate (‘SFR’) and baryonic gas-to-dark matter ratio (⁠Mgas/MDM⁠). The average SFR per halo with M < 109M⊙ was steady in regions not yet reionized, but declined sharply following local reionization. For M > 1010M⊙, this SFR continued through local reionization, increasing with time, instead. For 109M⊙ < M < 1010M⊙, the SFR generally increased modestly through reionization, followed by a modest decline. In general, halo SFRs were higher for regions that reionized earlier. A similar pattern was found for Mgas/MDM⁠, which declined sharply following local reionization for M < 109M⊙. Local reionizationmore » time correlates with local matter overdensity, which determines the local rates of structure formation and ionizing photon consumption. The earliest patches to develop structure and reionize ultimately produced more stars than they needed to finish and maintain their own reionization, exporting their ‘surplus’ starlight to help reionize regions that developed structure later.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2];  [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [1]; ORCiD logo [4];  [5];  [6];  [7];  [8];  [9];  [10]
  1. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
  2. Univ. de Strasbourg (France)
  3. Univ. de Strasbourg (France); Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)
  4. Univ. of Sussex, Brighton (United Kingdom)
  5. Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland)
  6. Univ. Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)
  7. Leibniz-Inst. für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) (Germany)
  8. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States); Univ. of California, Riverside, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  9. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States); Korea Astronomy and Space Science Inst. Daejeon (Korea)
  10. Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel). Racah Inst. of Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF); Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) (SC-21); National Science Foundation (NSF); National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); French National Research Agency (ANR); Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (United Kingdom); German Research Foundation (DFG); Israel Science Foundation (ISF) European Commission (EC)
OSTI Identifier:
1565768
Grant/Contract Number:  
AST-1009799; NNX11AE09G; TG-AST090005; ANR-14-CE33-0016; ANR-12-JS05-0001; ST/F002858/1; ST/I000976/1; GO-563/21-1; 1013/12; AYA2012-31101; AYA2015-63810-P
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 480; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Publisher:
Royal Astronomical Society
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; cosmology; theory – dark ages; reionization; first stars

Citation Formats

Dawoodbhoy, Taha, Shapiro, Paul R., Ocvirk, Pierre, Aubert, Dominique, Gillet, Nicolas, Choi, Jun-Hwan, Iliev, Ilian T., Teyssier, Romain, Yepes, Gustavo, Gottlöber, Stefan, D’Aloisio, Anson, Park, Hyunbae, and Hoffman, Yehuda. Suppression of star formation in low-mass galaxies caused by the reionization of their local neighbourhood. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty1945.
Dawoodbhoy, Taha, Shapiro, Paul R., Ocvirk, Pierre, Aubert, Dominique, Gillet, Nicolas, Choi, Jun-Hwan, Iliev, Ilian T., Teyssier, Romain, Yepes, Gustavo, Gottlöber, Stefan, D’Aloisio, Anson, Park, Hyunbae, & Hoffman, Yehuda. Suppression of star formation in low-mass galaxies caused by the reionization of their local neighbourhood. United States. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty1945.
Dawoodbhoy, Taha, Shapiro, Paul R., Ocvirk, Pierre, Aubert, Dominique, Gillet, Nicolas, Choi, Jun-Hwan, Iliev, Ilian T., Teyssier, Romain, Yepes, Gustavo, Gottlöber, Stefan, D’Aloisio, Anson, Park, Hyunbae, and Hoffman, Yehuda. Fri . "Suppression of star formation in low-mass galaxies caused by the reionization of their local neighbourhood". United States. doi:10.1093/mnras/sty1945. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1565768.
@article{osti_1565768,
title = {Suppression of star formation in low-mass galaxies caused by the reionization of their local neighbourhood},
author = {Dawoodbhoy, Taha and Shapiro, Paul R. and Ocvirk, Pierre and Aubert, Dominique and Gillet, Nicolas and Choi, Jun-Hwan and Iliev, Ilian T. and Teyssier, Romain and Yepes, Gustavo and Gottlöber, Stefan and D’Aloisio, Anson and Park, Hyunbae and Hoffman, Yehuda},
abstractNote = {Photoheating associated with reionization suppressed star formation in low-mass galaxies. Reionization was inhomogeneous, however, affecting different regions at different times. To establish the causal connection between reionization and suppression, we must take this local variation into account. We analyze the results of CoDa (‘Cosmic Dawn’) I, the first fully coupled radiation-hydrodynamical simulation of reionization and galaxy formation in the Local Universe, in a volume large enough to model reionization globally but with enough resolving power to follow all atomic-cooling galactic halos in that volume. For every halo identified at a given time, we find the redshift at which the surrounding IGM reionized, along with its instantaneous star formation rate (‘SFR’) and baryonic gas-to-dark matter ratio (⁠Mgas/MDM⁠). The average SFR per halo with M < 109M⊙ was steady in regions not yet reionized, but declined sharply following local reionization. For M > 1010M⊙, this SFR continued through local reionization, increasing with time, instead. For 109M⊙ < M < 1010M⊙, the SFR generally increased modestly through reionization, followed by a modest decline. In general, halo SFRs were higher for regions that reionized earlier. A similar pattern was found for Mgas/MDM⁠, which declined sharply following local reionization for M < 109M⊙. Local reionization time correlates with local matter overdensity, which determines the local rates of structure formation and ionizing photon consumption. The earliest patches to develop structure and reionize ultimately produced more stars than they needed to finish and maintain their own reionization, exporting their ‘surplus’ starlight to help reionize regions that developed structure later.},
doi = {10.1093/mnras/sty1945},
journal = {Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
number = 2,
volume = 480,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}

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