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- Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): galaxies at the faint end of the H alpha luminosity function
- Brough, S.; Hopkins, A. M.; Sharp, R. G.; Gunawardhana, M.; Wijesinghe, D.; Robotham, A. S. G.; Driver, S. P.; Baldry, I. K.; Bamford, S. P.; Liske, J.; Loveday, J.; Norberg, P.; Peacock, J. A.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Brown, M. J. I.; Cameron, E.; Croom, S. M.; Frenk, C. S.; Foster, C.; Hill, D. T.; Jones, D. H.; Kelvin, L. S.; Kuijken, K.; Nichol, R. C.; Parkinson, H. R.; Pimbblet, K.; Popescu, C. C.; Prescott, M.; Sutherland, W. J.; Taylor, E.; Thomas, D.; Tuffs, R. J.; van Kampen, E.
- We present an analysis of the properties of the lowest Halpha-luminosity galaxies (L_Halpha<4x10^32 W; SFR<0.02 Msun/yr) in the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey. These galaxies make up the the rise above a Schechter function in the number density of systems seen at the faint end of the Halpha luminosity function. Above our flux limit we find that these galaxies are principally composed of intrinsically low stellar mass systems (median stellar mass =2.5x10^8 Msun) with only 5/90 having stellar masses M>10^10 Msun. The low SFR systems are found to exist predominantly in the lowest density environments (median density ~0.02 galaxy Mpc^-2 with none in environments more dense than ~1.5 galaxy Mpc^-2). Their current specific star formation rates (SSFR; -8.5 < log(SSFR[yr^-1])<-12.) are consistent with their having had a variety of star formation histories. The low density environments of these galaxies demonstrates that such low-mass, star-forming systems can only remain as low-mass and forming stars if they reside sufficiently far from other galaxies to avoid being accreted, dispersed through tidal effects or having their gas reservoirs rendered ineffective through external processes.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 413, no. 2 (May 2011), pp. 1236-1243
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- FOR Code(s)
- 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences
- Dwarf galaxies; Galaxy evolution; Luminosity function; Mass function
- Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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- Copyright © 2011 The Authors. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society copyright © 2011 RAS.
- Peer reviewed