Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) : variation in galaxy structure across the green valley
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Using a sample of 472 local Universe (z < 0.06) galaxies in the stellar mass range 10. 25 < log M*/Mʘ < 10.75, we explore the variation in galaxy structure as a function of morphology and galaxy colour. Our sample of galaxies is sub-divided into red, green and blue colour groups and into elliptical and non-elliptical (disk-type) morphologies. Using KiDS and VIKING derived postage stamp images, a group of eight volunteers visually classified bars, rings, morphological lenses, tidal streams, shells and signs of merger activity for all systems. We find a significant surplus of rings(2.3σ) and lenses (2.9σ) in disk-type galaxies as they transition across the green valley. Combined, this implies a joint ring/lens green valley surplus significance of 3.3σ relative to equivalent disk-types within either the blue cloud or the red sequence. We recover a bar fraction of ∼44% which remains flat with colour, however, we find that the presence of a bar acts to modulate the incidence of rings and (to a lesser extent) lenses, with rings in barred disk-type galaxies more common by ∼ 20−30 percentage points relative to their unbarred counterparts, regardless of colour. Additionally, green valley disk-type galaxies with a bar exhibit a significant 3.0σ surplus of lenses relative to their blue/red analogues. The existence of such structures rules out violent transformative events as the primary end-of-life evolutionary mechanism, with a more passive scenario the favoured candidate for the majority of galaxies rapidly transitioning across the green valley.
Kelvin , L S , Bremer , M N , Phillipps , S , James , P A , Davies , L J M , Propris , R D , Moffett , A J , Percival , S M , Baldry , I K , Collins , C A , Alpaslan , M , Bland-Hawthorn , J , Brough , S , Cluver , M , Driver , S P , Hashemizadeh , A , Holwerda , B W , Laine , J , Lara-Lopez , M A , Liske , J , Maciejewski , W , Napolitano , N R , Penny , S J , Popescu , C C , Sansom , A E , Sutherland , W , Taylor , E N , Kampen , E V & Wang , L 2018 , ' Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) : variation in galaxy structure across the green valley ' , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol. 477 , no. 3 , pp. 4116-4130 . https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty933
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