The evolution of disk galaxies in the goods-south field: Number densities and size distribution

S. Ravindranath, H. C. Ferguson, C. Conselice, M. Giavalisco, M. Dickinson, E. Chatzichristou, D. De Mello, S. M. Fall, J. P. Gardner, N. A. Grogin, A. Hornschemeier, S. Jogee, A. Koekemoer, C. Kretchmer, M. Livio, B. Mobasher, Rachel Somerville

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We examine the evolution of the sizes and number densities of disk galaxies using the high-resolution images obtained by the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS) with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope. The multiwavelength images are used to classify galaxies based on their rest-frame B-band morphologies out to redshift z ∼ 1.25. In order to minimize the effect of selection biases, we confine our analysis to galaxies that occupy the region of the magnitude-size plane where the survey is ∼90% complete at all redshifts. The observed size distribution is consistent with a lognormal distribution as seen for the disk galaxies in the local universe and does not show any significant evolution over the redshift range 0.25 ≤ z ≤ 1.25. We find that the number densities of disk galaxies remains fairly constant over this redshift range, although a modest evolution by a factor of 4 may be possible within the 2 σ uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L9-L12
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 II
StatePublished - Mar 20 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Ravindranath, S., Ferguson, H. C., Conselice, C., Giavalisco, M., Dickinson, M., Chatzichristou, E., De Mello, D., Fall, S. M., Gardner, J. P., Grogin, N. A., Hornschemeier, A., Jogee, S., Koekemoer, A., Kretchmer, C., Livio, M., Mobasher, B., & Somerville, R. (2004). The evolution of disk galaxies in the goods-south field: Number densities and size distribution. Astrophysical Journal, 604(1 II), L9-L12.