The Nature of Starbursts: III. The Spatial Distribution of Star Formation

Дата и время публикации : 2012-10-01T20:04:30Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Kristen B. W. McQuinn
Evan D. Skillman
Julianne J. Dalcanton
John M. Cannon
Andrew E. Dolphin
Jon Holtzman
Daniel R. Weisz
Benjamin F. Williams

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Коментарии к cтатье: 28 pages, 14 figures, 2 tables
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: We map the spatial distribution of recent star formation over a few x 100 Myr timescales in fifteen starburst dwarf galaxies using the location of young blue helium burning stars identified from optically resolved stellar populations in archival Hubble Space Telescope observations. By comparing the star formation histories from both the high surface brightness central regions and the diffuse outer regions, we measure the degree to which the star formation has been centrally concentrated during the galaxies’ starbursts, using three different metrics for the spatial concentration. We find that the galaxies span a full range in spatial concentration, from highly centralized to broadly distributed star formation. Since most starbursts have historically been identified by relatively short timescale star formation tracers (e.g., Halpha emission), there could be a strong bias towards classifying only those galaxies with recent, centralized star formation as starbursts, while missing starbursts that are spatially distributed.

Category: Physics