Relative growth of black holes and the stellar components of galaxies
INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via di Frascati 33, 00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
Received: 1 March 2016
Accepted: 30 May 2016
Recent observations indicate that the mass of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) correlate differently with different galaxy stellar components. Comparing such observations with the results of “ab initio" galaxy formation models can provide insight on the mechanisms leading to the growth of SMBHs. Here we use a state-of-the-art semi-analytic model of galaxy formation to investigate the correlation of the different galaxy stellar components with the mass of the central SMBH. The stellar mass in the disc, in the bulge, and in the pseudo-bulge of galaxies is related to quiescent star formation, to galaxy interactions, and to the loss of angular momentum following disc instabilities, respectively. Consistently with recent findings, we find that while the predicted bulge masses are tightly correlated with the SMBH masses, the correlation between the latter and the galactic discs shows a much larger scatter, in particular when bulgeless galaxies are considered. In addition, we obtain that the predicted masses of pseudo-bulges shows little or no-correlation with the masses of SMBHs. We track the histories of merging, star formation, and SMBH accretion to investigate the physical processes at the origin of such findings within the context of cosmological models of galaxy formation. Finally, we discuss the effects of variations of our assumed fiducial model on the results.
Key words: galaxies: formation / galaxies: nuclei / galaxies: evolution
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