Decoupling the rotation of stars and gas - II. The link between black hole activity and simulated IFU kinematics in IllustrisTNG

Christopher Duckworth, Tjitske K. Starkenburg, Shy Genel, Timothy A. Davis, Mélanie Habouzit, Katarina Kraljic, Rita Tojeiro

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We study the relationship between supermassive black hole (BH) feedback, BH luminosity and the kinematics of stars and gas for galaxies inIllustrisTNG. We use galaxies with mock MaNGA observations to identify kinematic misalignment at z = 0 (difference in rotation of stars and gas), for which we follow the evolutionary history of BH activity and gas properties over the last 8 Gyrs. Misaligned low mass galaxies (Mstel <1010.2M⊙) typically have boosted BH luminosity and BH growth, and have had more energy injected by BHs into the gas over the last 8 Gyr in comparison to low mass aligned galaxies. These properties likely lead to outflows and gas removal, in agreement with active low mass galaxies in observations. Splitting on BH luminosity at z = 0 produces consistent distributions of kinematic misalignment at z = 0, however, splitting on the maximum BH luminosity over the last 8 Gyrs produces statistically significant different distributions. While instantaneous correlation at z = 0 is difficult due to misalignment persisting on longer timescales, the relationship between BH activity and misalignment is clear. High mass quenched galaxies (Mstel > 1010.2M⊙) with misalignment typically have similar BH luminosities, show lower gas fractions, and have typically lower gas phase metallicity over the last 8 Gyrs in comparison to the high mass aligned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4542–4547
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Early online date30 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Galaxies: active
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics


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