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Major mergers are not significant drivers of star formation or morphological transformation around the epoch of peak cosmic star formation

Lofthouse, E.K.; Kaviraj, S.; Conselice, Christopher J.; Mortlock, A.; Hartley, W.

Authors

E.K. Lofthouse

S. Kaviraj

Christopher J. Conselice

A. Mortlock

W. Hartley



Abstract

We investigate the contribution of major mergers (mass ratios > 1:5) to stellar mass growth and morphological transformations around the epoch of peak cosmic star formation (z ~ 2). We visually classify a complete sample of massive (M > 1010M_) galaxies at this epoch, drawn from the CANDELS survey, into late-type galaxies, major mergers, spheroids and disturbed spheroids which show morphological disturbances. Given recent simulation work, which indicates that recent (

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 15, 2017
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 0035-8711
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 465
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Lofthouse, E., Kaviraj, S., Conselice, C. J., Mortlock, A., & Hartley, W. (2017). Major mergers are not significant drivers of star formation or morphological transformation around the epoch of peak cosmic star formation. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 465(3), doi:10.1093/mnras/stw2895
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stw2895
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stw2895
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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