Towards a consistent framework of comparing galaxy mergers in observations and simulations

  title={Towards a consistent framework of comparing galaxy mergers in observations and simulations},
  author={L. Wang and W. J. Pearson and Vicente Rodriguez-Gomez},
  journal={Astronomy \& Astrophysics},
Aims. We aim to perform consistent comparisons between observations and simulations on the mass dependence of the galaxy major merger fraction at low redshift over an unprecedentedly wide range of stellar masses (∼109 to 1012 M⊙). Methods. We first carry out forward modelling of ideal synthetic images of major mergers and non-mergers selected from the Next Generation Illustris Simulations (IllustrisTNG) to include major observational effects. We then train deep convolutional neural networks… 
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