Radial Star Formation Histories in 15 Nearby Galaxies

January 2016 • 2016AJ....151....4D

Authors • Dale, Daniel A. • Beltz-Mohrmann, Gillian D. • Egan, Arika A. • Hatlestad, Alan J. • Herzog, Laura J. • Leung, Andrew S. • McLane, Jacob N. • Phenicie, Christopher • Roberts, Jareth S. • Barnes, Kate L. • Boquien, Médéric • Calzetti, Daniela • Cook, David O. • Kobulnicky, Henry A. • Staudaher, Shawn M. • van Zee, Liese

Abstract • New deep optical and near-infrared imaging is combined with archival ultraviolet and infrared data for 15 nearby galaxies mapped in the Spitzer Extended Disk Galaxy Exploration Science survey. These images are particularly deep and thus excellent for studying the low surface brightness outskirts of these disk-dominated galaxies with stellar masses ranging between 108 and {10}11 {M}. The spectral energy distributions derived from this data set are modeled to investigate the radial variations in the galaxy colors and star formation histories. Taken as a whole, the sample shows bluer and younger stars for larger radii until reversing near the optical radius, whereafter the trend is for redder and older stars for larger galacto-centric distances. These results are consistent with an inside-out disk formation scenario coupled with an old stellar outer disk population formed through radial migration and/or the cumulative history of minor mergers and accretions of satellite dwarf galaxies. However, these trends are quite modest and the variation from galaxy to galaxy is substantial. Additional data for a larger sample of galaxies are needed to confirm or dismiss these modest sample-wide trends.


IPAC Authors

David Cook

Assistant Scientist