Hyper Suprime-Cam view of the CMASS galaxy sample: Halo mass as a function of stellar mass, size, and Sérsic index

Alessandro Sonnenfeld, Wenting Wang, Neta Bahcall

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Abstract

Aims. We wish to determine the distribution of dark matter halo masses as a function of the stellar mass and the stellar mass profile for massive galaxies in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) constant-mass (CMASS) sample. Methods. We used grizy photometry from the Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) to obtain Sérsic fits and stellar masses of CMASS galaxies for which HSC weak-lensing data are available. This sample was visually selected to have spheroidal morphology. We applied a cut in stellar mass, log M /M > 11.0, and selected ∼10 000 objects thus. Using a Bayesian hierarchical inference method, we first investigated the distribution of Sérsic index and size as a function of stellar mass. Then, making use of shear measurements from HSC, we measured the distribution of halo mass as a function of stellar mass, size, and Sérsic index. Results. Our data reveal a steep stellar mass-size relation R e ∞ M βR , with β R larger than unity, and a positive correlation between Sérsic index and stellar mass: n ∞ M 0.46 . The halo mass scales approximately with the 1.7 power of the stellar mass. We do not find evidence for an additional dependence of halo mass on size or Sérsic index at fixed stellar mass. Conclusions. Our results disfavour galaxy evolution models that predict significant differences in the size growth efficiency of galaxies living in low- and high-mass halos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA30
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume622
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

Keywords

  • CD
  • Galaxies: elliptical and lenticular
  • Galaxies: fundamental parameters
  • Gravitational lensing: weak

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