Kinematics of Cluster Galaxies and Their Relation to Galaxy Evolution

Susmita Adhikari, Neal Dalal, Surhud More, Andrew Wetzel

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We study the kinematics of galaxies within massive clusters, as a probe of the physics of star formation quenching within clusters. Using N-body simulations, we argue that satellite kinematics provide information about galaxy infall that is complementary to the (instantaneous) spatial distribution of satellites and can help distinguish between models of quenching that require intracluster processes from those that do not. Comparing the simulation results with measurements of real cluster galaxies, we find evidence that the kinematics of red (quiescent) satellite galaxies are consistent with earlier infall times than that of blue (star-forming) satellites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 10 2019


  • cosmology: observations
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: formation
  • galaxies: kinematics and dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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