The “Building Blocks” of Stellar Halos
AbstractThe stellar halos of galaxies encode their accretion histories. In particular, the median metallicity of a halo is determined primarily by the mass of the most massive accreted object. We use hydrodynamical cosmological simulations from the apostle project to study the connection between the stellar mass, the metallicity distribution, and the stellar age distribution of a halo and the identity of its most massive progenitor. We find that the stellar populations in an accreted halo typically resemble the old stellar populations in a present-day dwarf galaxy with a stellar mass ∼0.2–0.5 dex greater than that of the stellar halo. This suggests that had they not been accreted, the primary progenitors of stellar halos would have evolved to resemble typical nearby dwarf irregulars. View Full-Text
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Oman, K.A.; Starkenburg, E.; Navarro, J.F. The “Building Blocks” of Stellar Halos. Galaxies 2017, 5, 33.
Oman KA, Starkenburg E, Navarro JF. The “Building Blocks” of Stellar Halos. Galaxies. 2017; 5(3):33.Chicago/Turabian Style
Oman, Kyle A.; Starkenburg, Else; Navarro, Julio F. 2017. "The “Building Blocks” of Stellar Halos." Galaxies 5, no. 3: 33.
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