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Evidence for Merging or Disruption of Red Galaxies from the Evolution of Their Clustering

  • Author(s): White, Martin;
  • et al.
Abstract

The formation and evolution of massive red galaxies form a crucial test of theories of galaxy formation based on hierarchical assembly. In this Letter we use observations of the clustering of luminous red galaxies from the Boötes field and N-body simulations to argue that about of the most luminous satellite galaxies appear to undergo merging or disruption within massive halos between and 0.5.

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