MaGICC discs: matching observed galaxy relationships over a wide stellar mass range

Brook, C. B., Stinson, G., Gibson, Bradley Kenneth orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4446-3130, Wadsley, J. and Quinn, T. (2012) MaGICC discs: matching observed galaxy relationships over a wide stellar mass range. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 424 (2). pp. 1275-1283. ISSN 00358711

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We use the same physical model to simulate four galaxies that match the relation between stellar and total mass, over a mass range that includes the vast majority of disc galaxies. The resultant galaxies, part of the Making Galaxies in a Cosmological Context (MaGICC) program, also match observed relations between luminosity, rotation velocity, size, colour, star formation rate, HI mass, baryonic mass, and metallicity. Radiation from massive stars and supernova energy regulate star formation and drive outflows, balancing the complex interplay between cooling gas, star formation, large scale outflows, and recycling of gas in a manner which correctly scales with the mass of the galaxy. Outflows also play a key role in simulating galaxies with exponential surface brightness profiles, flat rotation curves and dark matter cores. Our study implies that large scale outflows are the primary driver of the dependence of disc galaxy properties on mass. We show that the amount of outflows invoked in our model is required to meet the constraints provided by observations of OVI absorption lines in the circum-galactic-media of local galaxies.

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