The GEEC2 spectroscopic survey of Galaxy groups at 0.8 < z < 1 Academic Article uri icon

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  • We present the data release of the Gemini-South GMOS spectroscopy in the fields of 11 galaxy groups at $0.850$ per cent complete for galaxies within the virial radius, and with stellar mass $M_{\rm star}>10^{10.3}M_\odot$. Including galaxies with photometric redshifts we have an effective sample size of $\sim 400$ galaxies within the virial radii of these groups. We present group velocity dispersions, dynamical and stellar masses. Combining with the GCLASS sample of more massive clusters at the same redshift we find the total stellar mass is strongly correlated with the dynamical mass, with $\log{M_{200}}=1.20\left(\log{M_{\rm star}}-12\right)+14.07$. This stellar fraction of $~\sim 1$ per cent is lower than predicted by some halo occupation distribution models, though the weak dependence on halo mass is in good agreement. Most groups have an easily identifiable most massive galaxy (MMG) near the centre of the galaxy distribution, and we present the spectroscopic properties and surface brightness fits to these galaxies. The total stellar mass distribution in the groups, excluding the MMG, compares well with an NFW profile with concentration $4$, for galaxies beyond $\sim 0.2R_{200}$. This is more concentrated than the number density distribution, demonstrating that there is some mass segregation.


  • Balogh, Michael L
  • McGee, Sean L
  • Mok, Angus
  • Wilman, David J
  • Finoguenov, Alexis
  • Bower, Richard G
  • Mulchaey, John S
  • Parker, Laura
  • Tanaka, Masayuki

publication date

  • September 21, 2014