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The Halo Masses of Galaxies to z ?3: A Hybrid Observational and Theoretical Approach

Conselice, Christopher J.; Twite, Jonathan W.; Palamara, David P.; Hartley, William


Christopher J. Conselice

Jonathan W. Twite

David P. Palamara

William Hartley


© 2018. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.. We use a hybrid observational/theoretical approach to study the relation between galaxy kinematics and the derived stellar and halo masses of galaxies up to z =3 as a function of stellar mass, redshift, and morphology. Our observational sample consists of a concatenation of 1125 galaxies with kinematic measurements at 0.4 < z < 3 from long-slit and integral field studies. We investigate several ways to measure halo masses from observations based on results from semi-analytical models, showing that galaxy halo masses can be retrieved with a scatter of ∼0.4 dex by using only stellar masses. We discover a third parameter, relating to the time of the formation of the halo, that reduces the scatter in the relation between the stellar and halo masses such that systems forming earlier have a higher stellar mass-to-halo mass ratio, which we also find observationally. We find that this scatter correlates with morphology such that early-type or older stellar systems have higher M ∗/M halo ratios. We furthermore show, using this approach and through weak lensing and abundance matching, that the ratio of stellar to halo mass does not significantly evolve with redshift at 1 < z < 3. This is evidence for the regulated hierarchical assembly of galaxies such that the ratio of stellar to dark matter mass remains approximately constant since z =2. We use these results to show that the dark matter accretion rate evolves from dM halo/d t ∼4000 yr-1 at z ∼2.5 to a few 100 yr-1 by z ∼0.5.


Conselice, C. J., Twite, J. W., Palamara, D. P., & Hartley, W. (2018). The Halo Masses of Galaxies to z ?3: A Hybrid Observational and Theoretical Approach. Astrophysical Journal, 863(1), 42.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 17, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Publication Date Aug 10, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 20, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2018
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Print ISSN 0004-637X
Electronic ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher American Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 863
Issue 1
Pages 42
Keywords dark matter; galaxies: evolution; galaxies: formation
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Additional Information Journal title: The Astrophysical Journal; Article type: paper; Article title: The Halo Masses of Galaxies to z ∼ 3: A Hybrid Observational and Theoretical Approach; Copyright information: © 2018. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.; Date received: 2018-03-06; Date accepted: 2018-06-17; Online publication date: 2018-08-08


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