Reasearches

ONGOING PROJECTS


    Formation of Tidal Dwarf Galaxies

    I trace spherical objects that form during the merger of two galaxies and their properties with undergraduate student Hyunkyu Kim.

    Mock Images

    I make galaxies in numerical simulations look like real galaxies seen in observers' eyes. Following figures show face-on and nearly edge-on image of an isolated galaxy made with RAMSES code. For this purpose, I make use of Monte Carlo radiative transfer code SKIRT (SKIRT homepage).
    This also can be applied to cosmological simulations. Below left image has been made using one of Hoseung Choi's cosmological zoom-in simulations of galaxy clusters. For comparison, I put the image of real galaxy cluster.



PAPERS


    Star Formation of Merging Disk Galaxies with AGN Feedback Effects

    Jongwon Park, Rory Smith & Sukyoung K. Yi

    2017, ApJ, 845, 128......ADS


    Using numerical hydrodynamics code, we perform various idealized galaxy merger simulations to study the star formation (SF) of two merging disk galaxies. Our simulations include gas accretion onto supermassive black holes and active galactic nucleus (AGN) feedback. By comparing AGN simulations with those without AGNs, we attempt to understand when the AGN feedback effect is significant. With ~70 simulations, we investigated the SF with the AGN effect in mergers with variety of mass ratios, inclinations, orbits, galaxy structures and morphologies. Using these merger simulations with AGN feedback, we measure merger-driven SF using the burst efficiency parameter introduced by Cox et al. We confirm the previous studies that, in galaxy mergers, AGN suppresses SF more efficiently than in isolated galaxies. However, we additionally find that the effect of AGNs on SF is larger in major mergers than in minor mergers. In minor merger simulations with different primary bulge-to-total ratios, the effect of bulge fraction on the merger-driven SF decreases due to AGN feedback. We create models of Sa, Sb and Sc type galaxies and compare their SF properties while undergoing mergers. With the current AGN prescriptions, the difference in merger-driven SF is not as pronounced as that in the recent observational study of Kaviraj. We discuss the implications of this discrepancy.

    Demographics of Isolated Galaxies along the Hubble Sequence

    Hong-geun Khim, Jongwon Park, Seong-Woo Seo, Jaehyun Lee, Rory Smith & Sukyoung K. Yi

    2015, ApJS, 220, 3......ADS


    Isolated galaxies in low-density regions are significant in the sense that they are least affected by the hierarchical pattern of galaxy growth and interactions with perturbers, at least for the last few gigayears. To form a comprehensive picture of the star-formation history of isolated galaxies, we constructed a catalog of isolated galaxies and their comparison sample in relatively denser environments. The galaxies are drawn from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7 in the redshift range of 0.025\lt z\lt 0.044. We performed a visual inspection and classified their morphology following the Hubble classification scheme. For the spectroscopic study, we make use of the catalog provided by Oh et al. in 2011. We confirm most of the earlier understanding on isolated galaxies. The most remarkable additional results are as follows. Isolated galaxies are dominantly late type with the morphology distribution (E:S0:S:Irr) = (9.9:11.3:77.6:1.2)%. The frequency of elliptical galaxies among isolated galaxies is only a third of that of the comparison sample. Most of the photometric and spectroscopic properties are surprisingly similar between the isolated and comparison samples. However, early-type isolated galaxies are less massive by 50% and younger (by Hbeta) by 20% than their counterparts in the comparison sample. This can be explained as a result of different merger and star-formation histories for differing environments in the hierarchical merger paradigm. We provide an online catalog for the list and properties of our sample galaxies.

    Outflows in Sodium Excess Objects

    Jongwon Park, Hyunjin Jeong & Sukyoung K. Yi

    2015, ApJ, 809, 91......ADS


    Van Dokkum and Conroy revisited the unexpectedly strong Na i lines at 8200 Å found in some giant elliptical galaxies and interpreted them as evidence for an unusually bottom-heavy initial mass function. Jeong et al. later found a large population of galaxies showing equally extraordinary Na D doublet absorption lines at 5900 Å (Na D excess objects: NEOs) and showed that their origins can be different for different types of galaxies. While a Na D excess seems to be related to the interstellar medium (ISM) in late-type galaxies, smooth-looking early-type NEOs show little or no dust extinction and hence no compelling signs of ISM contributions. To further test this finding, we measured the Doppler components in the Na D lines. We hypothesized that the ISM would have a better (albeit not definite) chance of showing a blueshift Doppler departure from the bulk of the stellar population due to outflow caused by either star formation or AGN activities. Many of the late-type NEOs clearly show blueshift in their Na D lines, which is consistent with the former interpretation that the Na D excess found in them is related to gas outflow caused by star formation. On the contrary, smooth-looking early-type NEOs do not show any notable Doppler components, which is also consistent with the interpretation of Jeong et al. that the Na D excess in early-type NEOs is likely not related to ISM activities but is purely stellar in origin.