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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 13763
School of Astronomy
  Title:   Are all voids the same?
1.  S. Tavasoli
2.  H. Rahmani
3.  H.G. Khosroshahi
4.  K. Vasei
5.  M. Lehnert
  Status:   Published
  Journal: ApJS
  Vol.:  803
  Year:  2015
  Supported by:  IPM
The influence of under-dense environments on the formation and evolution of galaxies is studied by analysing the photometric properties of  1000 galaxies residing in voids, taken from our SDSS DR10 void catalogue up to z  0.055. We split void galaxies into two subsamples based on the luminosity density contrast of their host voids: 'sparse void' _s = < -0.95 and 'populous void' _p = > -0.87. We find that galaxies in sparse voids are less massive than galaxies in populous voids. The luminosity distribution of galaxies in populous voids follows the same distribution observed across the SDSS survey in the same redshift range. Galaxies in the sparse voids are also bluer suggesting that they may be going through a relatively slow and continuous star formation. Additionally, we find that the luminosity function of galaxies in populous voids is represented with the Schechter function whereas the same does not hold for sparse voids. Our analysis suggests that the properties of a host void plays a significant role in the formation and evolution of the void galaxies and determining the large scale evolution of voids is an important step to understand what processes regulate the evolution of galaxies.

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