Vol 21, No 2 (2021) / Li

The conformity of H I galaxies in ALFALFA-SDSS sample

Lin-Cheng Li, Bo Qin, Jie Wang, Jing Wang, You-Gang Wang


The conformity effect, indicating the evolution of galaxies is related to its surrounding neighbor galaxies as far as a few Mpc, is an interesting phenomenon in the modeling of galaxy and evolution. Here we study the conformity effect of HI galaxies in a matched galaxy sample between SDSS DR7 and ALFALFA surveys. By checking the probability difference for the detected H I galaxies as a function of distance around a normal or an H I galaxy, we find that this effect is significant out to 5 Mpc. It also shows a dependence on the stellar mass of galaxies, with the strength the strongest in the stellar mass range of 1010 <M* /M <1010.5. However, when the sample is confined to central galaxies in groups with virial radii smaller than 1 Mpc, the 1-halo conformity signal is still evident, while the 2-halo conformity signal is reduced to a very weak amplitude. Our results confirm the previous study in the optical band that the 2-halo term is possibly caused by the bias effect in the sample selection. Furthermore, we confirm the existence of the 1-halo conformity discovered in the optical and radio band in previous investigations. Our results provide another viewpoint on the conformity effect and hope to shed light on the co-evolution of the galaxies and their neighbors in the current galaxy formation models.


method: data analysis — radio lines: galaxies — galaxies: evolution

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674-4527/21/2/32


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