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Paper: The Elaboration of Disk in Spiral Galaxies: Analyses of their Progenitors, 6 Gyrs Ago
Volume: 421, Galaxies in Isolation: Exploring Nature Versus Nurture
Page: 205
Authors: Hammer, F.; IMAGES team
Abstract: The Large program (Intermediate MAss Galaxy Evolution Sequence, IMAGES) aims at measuring the velocity fields of a representative sample of 100 massive galaxies at z=0.4-0.75, taken from the CDFS, the CFRS and the HDFS fields. It uses the unique mode of multiple integral field units of FLAMES/GIRAFFE at VLT. The resolved kinematics data allow to sample the large scale motions at few kpc scale for each individual galaxy. They have been combined with the deepest HST/ACS, Spitzer (MIPS and IRAC) and VLT/FORS2 ever achieved observations. Most intermediate redshift galaxies show anomalous velocity fields implying that, 6 Gyrs ago, half of the present day spirals were out of equilibrium and have peculiar morphologies. The wealth of data in these fields allows to modelize the physical processes in each galaxy with an accuracy almost similar to what is done in the local Universe. These detailed analyses reveal the importance of merger processes, including their remnant phases. It points out the importance of disk survival and it supports the disk rebuilding scenario, suggesting that the hierarchical scenario may apply to the elaboration of disk galaxies as well as it does for ellipticals.
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