Clustering with JWST: Constraining galaxy host halo masses, satellite quenching efficiencies, and merger rates at z = 4−10
Stark, Daniel P
Williams, Christina C
Robertson, Brant E
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
cosmology: large-scale structure of Universe
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PublisherOXFORD UNIV PRESS
CitationRyan Endsley, Peter Behroozi, Daniel P Stark, Christina C Williams, Brant E Robertson, Marcia Rieke, Stefan Gottlöber, Gustavo Yepes, Clustering with JWST: Constraining galaxy host halo masses, satellite quenching efficiencies, and merger rates at z = 4−10, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 493, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages 1178–1196, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa324
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AbstractGalaxy clustering measurements can be used to constrain many aspects of galaxy evolution, including galaxy host halo masses, satellite quenching efficiencies, and merger rates. We simulate JWST galaxy clustering measurements at z similar to 4-10 by utilizing mock galaxy samples produced by an empirical model, the UNIVERSEMACHINE. We also adopt the survey footprints and typical depths of the planned joint NIRCam and NIRSpec Guaranteed Time Observation program planned for Cycle 1 to generate realistic JWST survey realizations and to model high-redshift galaxy selection completeness. We find that galaxy clustering will be measured with greater than or similar to 5 sigma significance at z similar to 4-10. Halo mass precisions resulting from Cycle 1 angular clustering measurements will be similar to 0.2 dex for faint (-18 greater than or similar to M-UV greater than or similar to -19) galaxies at z similar to 4-10 as well as similar to 0.3 dex for bright (M-UV similar to -20) galaxies at z similar to 4-7. Dedicated spectroscopic follow-up over similar to 150 arcmin(2) would improve these precisions by similar to 0.1 dex by removing chance projections and low-redshift contaminants. Future JWST observations will therefore provide the first constraints on the stellar-halo mass relation in the epoch of reionization and substantially clarify how this relation evolves at z > 4. We also find that similar to 1000 individual satellites will be identifiable at z similar to 4-8 with JWST, enabling strong tests of satellite quenching evolution beyond currently available data (z less than or similar to 2). Finally, we find that JWST observations can measure the evolution of galaxy major merger pair fractions at z similar to 4-8 with similar to 0.1-0.2 dex uncertainties. Such measurements would help determine the relative role of mergers to the build-up of stellar mass into the epoch of reionization.
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