Environment is one of the primary drivers of galaxy evolution; via multiple mechanisms, it can control the critical process of transforming galaxies from star forming to quiescent, commonly termed "quenching". Despite its importance, however, we still do not have a clear view of how environmentally-driven quenching proceeds even in the most extreme environments: galaxy clusters and their progenitor proto-clusters. Recent advances in infrared capabilities have enabled transformative progress not only in the identification of these structures but in detailed analyses of quiescence, obscured star formation, and molecular gas in (proto-)cluster galaxies across cosmic time. In this review, we will discuss the current state of the literature regarding the quenching of galaxies in (proto-)clusters from the observational, infrared perspective. Our improved understanding of environmental galaxy evolution comes from unique observables across the distinct regimes of the near-, mid-, and far-infrared, crucial in the push to high redshift where massive galaxy growth is dominated by highly extinct, infrared-bright galaxies.
- Pub Date:
- October 2022
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- Invited review, accepted for publication in Universe Special Issue "Recent Advances in Infrared Galaxies and AGN". Pre-print updated 21 Oct 2022 to match accepted version. 58 pages (excluding references), 19 figures, 3 tables