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Title: THE INFLUENCE OF ENVIRONMENT ON THE CIRCUMGALACTIC MEDIUM

The effect of environment on the circumgalactic medium (CGM) is investigated through a comparison of Ly{alpha} absorption line data in the Virgo Cluster and the field. This Letter uses the first systematic survey of background QSOs in and around the Virgo Cluster and large existing surveys of galaxies at low redshift. While previous studies found denser gas (higher equivalent width) closer to a galaxy (lower impact parameter), this correlation disappears in the Virgo environment. In addition, the covering fraction of the CGM is lower in the cluster environment than in the circumcluster environment and field. The results indicate that the CGM is suppressed for cluster galaxies while galaxies in the circumcluster environment have abundant CGM. The truncation of the CGM may result in the quenching of star formation through starvation. Our results also show that CGM surveys must consider the role of environment.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Astronomy, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22140322
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 772; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABSORPTION; COVERINGS; EVOLUTION; GALAXY CLUSTERS; IMPACT PARAMETER; QUASARS; QUENCHING; RED SHIFT; STARS