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Kinematics of simulated galaxies - I. Connecting dynamical and morphological properties of early-type galaxies at different redshifts

Abstract : State-of-the-art integral field surveys like ATLAS3D, SLUGGS, CALIFA, SAMI, and MaNGA provide large data sets of kinematical observations of early-type galaxies (ETGs), yielding constraints on the formation of ETGs. Using the cosmological hydrodynamical Magneticum Pathfinder simulations, we investigate the paradigm of fast- and slow-rotating ETGs in a fully cosmological context. We show that the ETGs within the Magneticum simulation are in remarkable agreement with the observations, revealing fast and slow rotators quantified by the angular momentum proxy λR and the flattening ɛ with the observed prevalence. Taking full advantage of the three-dimensional data, we demonstrate that the dichotomy between fast- and slow-rotating galaxies gets enhanced, showing an upper and lower population separated by an underpopulated region in the edge-on λ _{R_{1/2}}-ɛ plane. We show that the global anisotropy parameter inferred from the λ _{R_{1/2}}-ɛ edge-on view is a very good predictor of the true anisotropy of the system. This drives a physically based argument for the location of fast rotators in the observed plane. Following the evolution of the λ _{R_{1/2}}-ɛ plane through cosmic time, we find that, while the upper population is already in place at z = 2, the lower population gets statistically significant below z = 1 with a gradual increase. At least 50{{ per cent}} of the galaxies transition from fast to slow rotators on a short time scale, in most cases associated to a significant merger event. Furthermore, we connect the M*-j* plane, quantified by the b-value, with the λ _{R_{1/2}}-ɛ plane, revealing a strong correlation between the position of a galaxy in the λ _{R_{1/2}}-ɛ plane and the b-value. Going one step further, we classify our sample based on features in their velocity map, finding all five common kinematic groups, also including the recently observed group of prolate rotators, populating distinct regions in the λ _{R_{1/2}}-b plane.
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Felix Schulze, Rhea-Silvia Remus, Klaus Dolag, Andreas Burkert, Eric Emsellem, et al.. Kinematics of simulated galaxies - I. Connecting dynamical and morphological properties of early-type galaxies at different redshifts. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2018, 480, pp.4636-4658. ⟨10.1093/mnras/sty2090⟩. ⟨insu-03711204⟩



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