The Intriguing Life of Massive Galaxies: The Connections between α s , β and Merging

Peng, Ying-jie ; Lilly, Simon J. ; Renzini, Alvio ; Carollo, Marcella

In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 2012, vol. 8, no. S295, p. 167-170

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    In this proceeding paper, we discuss the important underlying connections between the faint end slope α s of the stellar mass function of star-forming galaxies, the logarithmic slope β of the sSFR-mass relation and merging through the continuity approach, as we introduced in Peng et al. (2010, hereafter P10) and (2012, hereafter P12)