The UV, Lyman alpha, and dark matter halo properties of high-redshift galaxies
Number of Authors: 6
2015 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 450, no 2, 1279-1294 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We explore the properties of high-redshift Lyman alpha emitters (LAEs), and their link with the Lyman-break galaxy (LBG) population, using a semi-analytic model of galaxy formation that takes into account resonant scattering of Ly alpha photons in gas outflows. We can reasonably reproduce the abundances of LAEs and LBGs from z approximate to 3 to 7, as well as most UV luminosity functions (LFs) of LAEs. The stronger dust attenuation for (resonant) Ly alpha photons compared to UV continuum photons in bright LBGs provides a natural interpretation to the increase of the LAE fraction in LBG samples, X-LAE, towards fainter magnitudes. The redshift evolution of XLAE seems however very sensitive to UV magnitudes limits and equivalent width (EW) cuts. In spite of the apparent good match between the statistical properties predicted by the model and the observations, we find that the tail of the Lya EW distribution (EW greater than or similar to 100 angstrom) cannot be explained by our model, and we need to invoke additional mechanisms. We find that LAEs and LBGs span a very similar dynamical range, but bright LAEs are similar to 4 times rarer than LBGs in massive haloes. Moreover, massive haloes mainly contain weak LAEs in our model, which might introduce a bias towards low-mass haloes in surveys which select sources with high-EW cuts. Overall, our results are consistent with the idea that LAEs and LBGs make a very similar galaxy population. Their apparent differences seem mainly due to EW selections, UV detection limits, and a decreasing Lya to UV escape fraction ratio in high star formation rate galaxies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 450, no 2, 1279-1294 p.
radiative transfer, methods: numerical, galaxies: evolution, galaxies: formation, galaxies: high-redshift
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118944DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv374ISI: 000356338500010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118944DiVA: diva2:842979