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SDSS-IV MaNGA: Inside-out versus Outside-in Quenching of Galaxies in Different Local Environments

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The large Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) surveys have allowed the classification of ionizing sources of emission lines on sub-kpc scales. In this work, we define two non-parametric parameters, quiescence (fq) and its concentration (cq), to quantify the strength and the spatial distribution of the quenched areas, respectively, traced by the LI(N)ER regions with low EW(Hα). With these two measurements, we classify MaNGA galaxies into inside-out and outside-in quenching types according to their locations on the fq vs. cq plane and we measure the fraction of inside-out (outside-in) quenching galaxies as a function of halo mass. We find that the fraction of galaxies showing inside-out quenching increases with halo mass, irrespective of stellar mass or galaxy type (satellites vs. centrals). In addition, high stellar mass galaxies exhibit a greater fraction of inside-out quenching compared to low stellar mass ones in all environments. In contrast, the fraction of outside-in quenching does not depend on halo mass. Our results suggest that morphological quenching may be responsible for the inside-out quenching seen in all environments. On the other hand, the flat dependence of the outside-in quenching on halo mass could be a mixed result of ram-pressure stripping and galaxy mergers. Nevertheless, at a given environment and stellar mass, the fraction of inside-out quenching is systematically greater than that of outside-in quenching, suggesting that inside-out quenching is the dominant quenching mode in all environments.



galaxies: evolution, galaxies: general, galaxies: star formation

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American Astronomical Society


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