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Probing the Mass Assembly and Chemical Evolution of High-z Galaxies with MASSIV

By T. Contini, B. Epinat, J. Queyrel, D. Vergani, L. Tasca, P. Amram, B. Garilli, M. Kissler-Patig, O. Le Fèvre, J. Moultaka, L. Paioro, L. Tresse, F. Bournaud and E. Perez-Montero

Abstract

Understanding the different mechanisms of galaxy assembly at various cosmic epochs is a key issue for galaxy evolution and formation models. We present MASSIV (Mass Assembly Survey with SINFONI in VVDS) in this context, an on-going survey with VLT/SINFONI aiming to probe the kinematics and chemical abundances of a unique sample of 84 star-forming galaxies selected in the redshift range z ~ 1-2. This large sample, spanning a wide range of stellar masses, is unique at these high redshifts and statistically representative of the overall galaxy population. In this paper, we give an overview of the MASSIV survey and then focus on the spatially-resolved chemical properties of high-z galaxies and their implication on the process of galaxy assembly.Comment: 4 pages, 2 figures, to appear in proceedings for the IAU 277th Symposium, Editors: C. Carignan, F. Combes, K. Freema

Topics: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S1743921311022629
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1103.5579
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