nIFTy cosmology: comparison of galaxy formation models

Knebe, Alexander, Pearce, Frazer R, Thomas, Peter A, Benson, Andrew, Blaizot, Jeremy, Bower, Richard, Carretero, Jorge, Castander, Francisco J, Cattaneo, Andrea, Cora, Sofia A, Croton, Darren J, Cui, Weiguang, Cunnama, Daniel, De Lucia, Gabriella, Devriendt, Julien E, Elahi, Pascal J, Font, Andreea, Fontanot, Fabio, Garcia-Bellido, Juan, Gargiulo, Ignacio D, Gonzalez-Perez, Violeta, Helly, John, Henriques, Bruno, Hirschmann, Michaela, Lee, Jaehyun, Mamon, Gary A, Monaco, Pierluigi, Onions, Julian, Padilla, Nelson D, Power, Chris, Pujol, Arnau, Skibba, Ramin A, Somerville, Rachel S, Srisawat, Chaichalit, Vega-Martínez, Cristian A and Yi, Sukyoung K (2015) nIFTy cosmology: comparison of galaxy formation models. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451 (4). pp. 4029-4059. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We present a comparison of 14 galaxy formation models: 12 different semi-analytical models and 2 halo occupation distribution models for galaxy formation based upon the same cosmo- logical simulation and merger tree information derived from it. The participating codes have proven to be very successful in their own right but they have all been calibrated independently using various observational data sets, stellar models, and merger trees. In this paper, we apply them without recalibration and this leads to a wide variety of predictions for the stellar mass function, specific star formation rates, stellar-to-halo mass ratios, and the abundance of orphan galaxies. The scatter is much larger than seen in previous comparison studies primarily be- cause the codes have been used outside of their native environment within which they are well tested and calibrated. The purpose of the ‘nIFTy comparison of galaxy formation models’ is to bring together as many different galaxy formation modellers as possible and to investigate a common approach to model calibration. This paper provides a unified description for all participating models and presents the initial, uncalibrated comparison as a baseline for our future studies where we will develop a common calibration framework and address the extent to which that reduces the scatter in the model predictions seen here.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Peter Thomas
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 14:17
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57313

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