Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) : time-scales for galaxies crossing the green valley
MetadataShow full item record
We explore the constraints that can be placed on the evolutionary time-scales for typical low-redshift galaxies evolving from the blue cloud through the green valley and on to the red sequence. We utilize galaxies from the GAMA survey with 0.1 < z < 0.2 and classify them according to the intrinsic (u* − r*) colours of their stellar populations, as determined by fits to their multiwavelength spectral energy distributions. Using these fits to also determine stellar population ages and star formation time-scales, we argue that our results are consistent with a green valley population dominated by galaxies that are simply decreasing their star formation (running out of gas) over a time-scale of 2–4 Gyr which are seen at a specific epoch in their evolution (approximately 1.6 e-folding times after their peak in star formation). If their fitted star formation histories are extrapolated forward, the green galaxies will further redden over time, until they attain the colours of a passive population. In this picture, no specific quenching event which cuts-off their star formation is required, though it remains possible that the decline in star formation in green galaxies may be expedited by internal or external forces. However, there is no evidence that green galaxies have recently changed their star formation time-scales relative to their previous longer term star formation histories.
Phillipps , S , Bremer , M N , Hopkins , A M , De Propris , R , Taylor , E N , James , P A , Davies , L J M , Cluver , M , Driver , S P , Eales , S A , Holwerda , B W , Kelvin , L S & Sansom , A E 2019 , ' Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) : time-scales for galaxies crossing the green valley ' , Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol. 485 , no. 4 , pp. 5559–5572 . https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz799
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
© 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. This work has been made available online in accordance with publisher policies or with permission. Permission for further reuse of this content should be sought from the publisher or the rights holder. This is the final published version of the work, which was originally published at https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz799
Items in the St Andrews Research Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Mendez Abreu, Jairo; Debattista, V. P.; Corsini, E. M.; Aguerri, J. A. L. (2014-12) - Journal articleContext. Historically, galaxy bulges were thought to be single-component objects at the center of galaxies. However, this picture is now questioned since different bulge types with different formation paths, namely classical ...
The UV continua and inferred stellar populations of galaxies at z ≃ 7-9 revealed by the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field 2012 campaign Dunlop, J. S.; Rogers, A. B.; McLure, R. J.; Ellis, R. S.; Robertson, B. E.; Koekemoer, A.; Dayal, P.; Curtis-Lake, E.; Wild, Vivienne; Charlot, S.; Bowler, R. A. A.; Schenker, M. A.; Ouchi, M.; Ono, Y.; Cirasuolo, M.; Furlanetto, S. R.; Stark, D. P.; Targett, T. A.; Schneider, E. (2013-07-11) - Journal articleWe use the new ultra-deep, near-infrared imaging of the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) provided by our UDF12 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Wide Field Camera 3/IR campaign to explore the rest-frame ultraviolet (UV) properties ...
Robotham, A. S. G.; Driver, S. P.; Davies, L. J. M.; Hopkins, A. M.; Baldry, I. K.; Agius, N. K.; Bauer, A. E.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Brough, S.; Brown, M. J. I.; Cluver, M.; De Propris, R.; Drinkwater, M. J.; Holwerda, B. W.; Kelvin, L. S.; Lara-Lopez, M. A.; Liske, J.; Lopez-Sanchez, A. R.; Loveday, J.; Mahajan, S.; McNaught-Roberts, T.; Moffett, A.; Norberg, P.; Obreschkow, D.; Owers, M. S.; Penny, S. J.; Pimbblet, K.; Prescott, M.; Taylor, E. N.; van Kampen, E.; Wilkins, S. M. (2014-11-11) - Journal articleWe use a highly complete subset of the Galaxy And Mass Assembly II (GAMA-II) redshift sample to fully describe the stellar mass dependence of close pairs and mergers between 10(8) and 10(12)M(circle dot). Using the analytic ...