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Title
The properties of satellite galaxies in simulations of galaxy formation
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Abstract
We investigate the properties of satellite galaxies in cosmological N-body/smooth particle hydrodynamics simulations of galaxy formation in Milky Way-sized haloes. Because of their shallow potential wells, satellite galaxies are very sensitive to heating processes which affect their gas content. Their properties can therefore be used to constrain the nature of feedback processes that regulate galaxy formation. In our simulations, we assume that all the energy produced by supernovae is used as kinetic energy to drive galactic winds. Several of our simulations produce bright, disc-dominated galaxies. We find that wind models in which the wind speed, vw, is proportional to the local velocity dispersion of the dark matter, inline image (and thus the wind mass-loading, inline image), make star formation in satellites sporadic, reproduce the observed satellite luminosity function reasonably well (down to Mv=−7) and match the luminositymetallicity relation observed in the Local Group satellites. By contrast, models that assume a constant wind speed overproduce faint satellites and predict an incorrect luminositymetallicity relation. Our simulations therefore suggest that the feedback processes that operate on the scale of satellite galaxies should generate galactic outflows whose mass-loading varies inversely with the depth of the potential.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2010
ISSN
0035-8711
Volume/pages
406:1(2010), p. 208-222
ISI
000279766800038
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UAntwerpen
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