Journal Article

On the relationship between environment and galaxy properties in clusters of galaxies

Héctor J. Martínez, Valeria Coenda and Hernán Muriel

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 391, issue 2, pages 585-590
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online November 2008 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.13929.x
On the relationship between environment and galaxy properties in clusters of galaxies

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We study the correlation between different properties of bright (L > L*) galaxies in clusters and the environment in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). Samples of clusters of galaxies used in this paper are those selected by Coenda & Muriel that are drawn from the Popesso et al. and Koester et al. samples. Galaxies in these clusters have been identified in the main Galaxy sample of the Fifth Data Release (DR5) of SDSS. We analyse which galaxy properties correlate best with either cluster mass or cluster-centric distance using the technique by Blanton et al. We find that galaxy properties do not clearly depend on cluster mass for clusters more massive than M∼ 1014M. On the other hand, galaxy properties correlate with cluster-centric distance. The property most affected by the cluster-centric distance is gr colour, closely followed by the ur colour. These results are irrespective of the cluster selection criteria. The two samples of clusters were identified based on the X-ray emission and the galaxy colours, respectively. Moreover, the parameter that best predicts environment (i.e. cluster-centric distance) is the same found by Martínez & Muriel for groups of galaxies and Blanton et al. for the local density of field galaxies.

Keywords: galaxies: clusters: general; galaxies: evolution; galaxies: fundamental parameters

Journal Article.  4569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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