Disk galaxy scaling relations at intermediate redshifts
1 Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, Technikerstrasse 25/8, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
2 Institute of Astronomy, Türkenschanzstrasse 17, 1180 Vienna, Austria
Received: 27 July 2015
Accepted: 17 May 2016
Aims. Galaxy scaling relations such as the Tully-Fisher relation (between the maximum rotation velocity Vmax and luminosity) and the velocity-size relation (between Vmax and the disk scale length) are powerful tools to quantify the evolution of disk galaxies with cosmic time.
Methods. We took spatially resolved slit spectra of 261 field disk galaxies at redshifts up to z ≈ 1 using the FORS instruments of the ESO Very Large Telescope. The targets were selected from the FORS Deep Field and William Herschel Deep Field. Our spectroscopy was complemented with HST/ACS imaging in the F814W filter. We analyzed the ionized gas kinematics by extracting rotation curves from the two-dimensional spectra. Taking into account all geometrical, observational, and instrumental effects, these rotation curves were used to derive the intrinsic Vmax.
Results. Neglecting galaxies with disturbed kinematics or insufficient spatial rotation curve extent, Vmax was reliably determined for 124 galaxies covering redshifts 0.05 < z < 0.97. This is one of the largest kinematic samples of distant disk galaxies to date. We compared this data set to the local B-band Tully-Fisher relation and the local velocity-size relation. The scatter in both scaling relations is a factor of ~2 larger at z ≈ 0.5 than at z ≈ 0. The deviations of individual distant galaxies from the local Tully-Fisher relation are systematic in the sense that the galaxies are increasingly overluminous toward higher redshifts, corresponding to an overluminosity ΔMB = −(1.2 ± 0.5) mag at z = 1. This luminosity evolution at given Vmax is probably driven by younger stellar populations of distant galaxies with respect to their local counterparts, potentially combined with modest changes in dark matter mass fractions. The analysis of the velocity-size relation reveals that disk galaxies of a given Vmax have grown in size by a factor of ~1.5 over the past ~8 Gyr, most likely through accretion of cold gas and/or small satellites. From scrutinizing the combined evolution in luminosity and size, we find that the galaxies that show the strongest evolution toward smaller sizes at z ≈ 1 are not those that feature the strongest evolution in luminosity, and vice versa.
Key words: galaxies: spiral / galaxies: evolution / galaxies: kinematics and dynamics / galaxies: structure
Based on observations with the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope (ESO-VLT), observing run IDs 65.O-0049, 66.A-0547, 68.A-0013, 69.B-0278B, 70.B-0251A and 081.B-0107A.
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