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Probing the Mass Assembly and Chemical Evolution of high-z Galaxies with MASSIV

  • T. Contini (a1) (a2), B. Epinat (a1) (a2), J. Queyrel (a1) (a2), D. Vergani (a3), L. Tasca (a4), P. Amram (a4), B. Garilli (a5), M. Kissler-Patig (a6), O. Le Fèvre (a4), J. Moultaka (a1) (a2), L. Paioro (a5), L. Tresse (a4), F. Bournaud (a7) and E. Perez-Montero (a8)...

Abstract

Understanding the different mechanisms of galaxy assembly at various cosmic epochs is a key issue for galaxy evolution and formation models. We present MASSIV (Mass Assembly Survey with SINFONI in VVDS) in this context, an on-going survey with VLT/SINFONI aiming to probe the kinematics and chemical abundances of a unique sample of 84 star-forming galaxies selected in the redshift range z ~ 1−2. This large sample, spanning a wide range of stellar masses, is unique at these high redshifts and statistically representative of the overall galaxy population. In this paper, we give an overview of the MASSIV survey and then focus on the spatially-resolved chemical properties of high-z galaxies and their implication on the process of galaxy assembly.

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Cresci, G., et al. 2010, Nature, 467, 811
Epinat, B., et al. 2009, A&A, 504, 789
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