Publications by Aprajita Verma


The galaxy–halo connection in the VIDEO survey at 0.5 < z < 1.7

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Oxford University Press 459 (2016) 2618-2631

PETER Hatfield, Lindsay, M Jarvis, B Häußler, M Vaccari, A Verma

We present a series of results from a clustering analysis of the first data release of the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) Deep Extragalactic Observations (VIDEO) survey. VIDEO is the only survey currently capable of probing the bulk of stellar mass in galaxies at redshifts corresponding to the peak of star formation on degree scales. Galaxy clustering is measured with the two-point correlation function, which is calculated using a non-parametric kernel-based density estimator. We use our measurements to investigate the connection between the galaxies and the host dark matter halo using a halo occupation distribution methodology, deriving bias, satellite fractions, and typical host halo masses for stellar masses between 10 9.35 and 10 10.85 M ⊙ , at redshifts 0.5 < z < 1.7. Our results show typical halo mass increasing with stellar mass (with moderate scatter) and bias increasing with stellar mass and redshift consistent with previous studies. We find that the satellite fraction increased towards low redshifts, from ~5 per cent at z ~ 1.5 to ~20 per cent at z ~ 0.6. We combine our results to derive the stellar mass-to-halo mass ratio for both satellites and centrals over a range of halo masses and find the peak corresponding to the halo mass with maximum star formation efficiency to be ~2 × 10 12 M ⊙ , finding no evidence for evolution.


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