According to the standard theory of galaxy formation, massive galaxies are the extreme limit of galaxy evolution, undergoing more mergers than less massive galaxies. This makes observations of Brightest Cluster Galaxies (BCGs) a critical test of the standard theory. I am interested in determine whether these massive galaxies have grown in stellar mass over the last five billion years, and whether that stellar mass growth depends on their cluster mass.
My sample of galaxies for this project comes from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey, the Integral Field Unit Spectroscopy from the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT).
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