Decoupled black hole accretion and quenching: the relationship between BHAR, SFR and quenching in Milky Way- and Andromeda-mass progenitors since z = 2.5

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Cowley, M. J., Spitler, L. R., Quadri, R. F., Goulding, A. D., Papovich, C., Tran, K. V. H., Labbé, I., Alcorn, L., Allen, R. J., Forrest, B., Glazebrook, K., Kacprzak, G. G., Morrison, G., Nanayakkara, T., Straatman, C. M. S. and Tomczak, A. R.. 2017. "Decoupled black hole accretion and quenching: the relationship between BHAR, SFR and quenching in Milky Way- and Andromeda-mass progenitors since z = 2.5." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 473 (3), pp. 3710-3716. https://doi.org/10.1093/MNRAS/STX2587
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Decoupled black hole accretion and quenching: the relationship between BHAR, SFR and quenching in Milky Way- and Andromeda-mass progenitors since z = 2.5

ERA Journal ID1074
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCowley, M. J., Spitler, L. R., Quadri, R. F., Goulding, A. D., Papovich, C., Tran, K. V. H., Labbé, I., Alcorn, L., Allen, R. J., Forrest, B., Glazebrook, K., Kacprzak, G. G., Morrison, G., Nanayakkara, T., Straatman, C. M. S. and Tomczak, A. R.
Journal TitleMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal Citation473 (3), pp. 3710-3716
Number of Pages7
Year2017
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0035-8711
1365-2966
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/MNRAS/STX2587
Web Address (URL)https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/473/3/3710/4411817
Abstract

We investigate the relationship between the black hole accretion rate (BHAR) and star formation rate (SFR) for Milky Way (MW) and Andromeda (M31)-mass progenitors from z = 0.2 to 2.5. We source galaxies from the Ks-band-selected ZFOURGE survey, which includes multiwavelength data spanning 0.3-160 μm. We use decomposition software to split the observed spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of our galaxies into their active galactic nuclei (AGNs) and star-forming components, which allows us to estimate BHARs and SFRs from the infrared (IR). We perform tests to check the robustness of these estimates, including a comparison with BHARs and SFRs derived from X-ray stacking and far-IR analysis, respectively. We find that, as the progenitors evolve their relative black hole-galaxy growth (i.e. their BHAR/SFR ratio) increases from low to high redshift. The MW-mass progenitors exhibit a log-log slope of 0.64 ± 0.11, while the M31-mass progenitors are 0.39 ± 0.08. This result contrasts with previous studies that find an almost flat slope when adopting X-ray-/AGNselected or mass-limited samples and is likely due to their use of a broad mixture of galaxies with different evolutionary histories. Our use of progenitor-matched samples highlights the potential importance of carefully selecting progenitors when searching for evolutionary relationships between BHAR/SFRs. Additionally, our finding that BHAR/SFR ratios do not track the rate at which progenitors quench casts doubts over the idea that the suppression of star formation is predominantly driven by luminous AGN feedback (i.e. high BHARs).

KeywordsGalaxies: active; Galaxies: evolution; Galaxies: high-redshift; Infrared: galaxies
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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2018 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

FunderNational Science Foundation
Byline AffiliationsMacquarie University
Australian Astronomical Observatory, Australia
Texas A&M University, United States
Princeton University, United States
Leiden University, Netherlands
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Arizona, United States
Max Planck Society, Germany
University of California, United States
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