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The build-up of the colour-magnitude relation in galaxy clusters since z ~ 0.8

Abstract : Using galaxy clusters from the ESO Distant Cluster Survey, we study how the distribution of galaxies along the colour-magnitude relation has evolved since z ~ 0.8. While red-sequence galaxies in all these clusters are well described by an old, passively evolving population, we confirm our previous finding of a significant evolution in their luminosity distribution as a function of redshift. When compared to galaxy clusters in the local Universe, the high-redshift EDisCS clusters exhibit a significant deficit of faint red galaxies. Combining clusters in three different redshift bins, and defining as `faint' all galaxies in the range 0.4 >~ L/L* >~ 0.1, we find a clear decrease in the luminous-to-faint ratio of red galaxies from z ~ 0.8 to ~0.4. The amount of such a decrease appears to be in qualitative agreement with predictions of a model where the blue bright galaxies that populate the colour-magnitude diagram of high-redshift clusters, have their star formation suppressed by the hostile cluster environment. Although model results need to be interpreted with caution, our findings clearly indicate that the red-sequence population of high-redshift clusters does not contain all progenitors of nearby red-sequence cluster galaxies. A significant fraction of these must have moved on to the red sequence below z ~ 0.8.
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Gabriella de Lucia, Bianca M. Poggianti, Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca, Simon D. M. White, Dennis Zaritsky, et al.. The build-up of the colour-magnitude relation in galaxy clusters since z ~ 0.8. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2007, 374, pp.809-822. ⟨10.1111/J.1365-2966.2006.11199.X⟩. ⟨hal-00288492⟩

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