The road to the red sequence: A detailed view of the formation of a massive galaxy at z~2

Дата и время публикации : 2011-09-28T20:00:03Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Ignacio Ferreras
Anna Pasquali
Sadegh Khochfar
Harald Kuntschner
Martin Kuemmel
Nor Pirzkal
Rogier Windhorst
Sangeeta Malhotra
James Rhoads
Robert W. O’Connell

Ссылка на журнал-издание: AJ 144 (2012) 47-57
Коментарии к cтатье: 11 pages, 8 figures, 4 tables. In press (Astronomical Journal)
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: (Abridged) We present here a detailed analysis of the star formation history (SFH) of FW4871, a massive galaxy at z=1.893+-0.002. We compare rest-frame optical and NUV slitless grism spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope with a large set of composite stellar populations to constrain the underlying star formation history. Even though the morphology features prominent tidal tails, indicative of a recent merger, there is no sign of on-going star formation within an aperture encircling one effective radius, which corresponds to a physical extent of 2.6 kpc. A model assuming truncation of an otherwise constant SFH gives a formation epoch zF~10, with a truncation after 2.7 Gyr, giving a mass-weighted age of 1.5 Gyr and a stellar mass of 0.8-3E11Msun, implying star formation rates of 30-110 Msun/yr. A more complex model including a recent burst of star formation places the age of the youngest component at 145 Myr, with a mass contribution lower than 20%, and a maximum amount of dust reddening of E(B-V)<0.4 mag (95% confidence levels). This low level of dust reddening is consistent with the low emission observed at 24 micron, corresponding to rest-frame 8 micron, where PAH emission should contribute significantly if a strong formation episode were present. The colour profile of FW4871 does not suggest a significant radial trend in the properties of the stellar populations out to 3Re. We suggest that the recent merger that formed FW4871 is responsible for the quenching of its star formation.

Category: Physics