Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 495, 73-81 (2009/2-3)
Physical properties of galaxies and their evolution. in the VIMOS VLT deep survey. II. Extending the mass-metallicity relation to the range z≃0.89-1.24.
PEREZ-MONTERO E., CONTINI T., LAMAREILLE F., BRINCHMANN J., WALCHER C.J., CHARLOT S., BOLZONELLA M., POZZETTI L., BOTTINI D., GARILLI B., LE BRUN V., LE FEVRE O., MACCAGNI D., SCARAMELLA R., SCODEGGIO M., TRESSE L., VETTOLANI G., ZANICHELLI A., ADAMI C., ARNOUTS S., BARDELLI S., CAPPI A., CILIEGI P., FOUCAUD S., FRANZETTI P., GAVIGNAUD I., GUZZO L., ILBERT O., IOVINO A., McCRACKEN H.J., MARANO B., MARINONI C., MAZURE A., MENEUX B., MERIGHI R., PALTANI S., PELLO R., POLLO A., RADOVICH M., VERGANI D., ZAMORANI G. and ZUCCA E.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a continuation of our study about the relation between stellar mass and gas-phase metallicity in the VIMOS VLT Deep Survey (VVDS). In this work we extend the determination of metallicities up to redshift ≃1.24 for a sample of 42 star-forming galaxies with a mean redshift value of 0.99. For a selected sample of emission-line galaxies, we use both diagnostic diagrams and empirical calibrations based on [Oii] emission lines along with the empirical relation between the intensities of the [Oiii] and [Neiii] emission lines and the theoretical ratios between Balmer recombination emission lines to identify star-forming galaxies and to derive their metallicities. We derive stellar masses by fitting the whole spectral energy distribution with a set of stellar population synthesis models. These new methods allow us to extend the mass-metallicity relation to higher redshift. We show that the metallicity determinations are consistent with more established strong-line methods. Taken together this allows us to study the evolution of the mass-metallicity relation up to z≃1.24 with good control of systematic uncertainties. We find an evolution with redshift of the average metallicity of galaxies very similar to those reported in the literature: for a given stellar mass, galaxies at z∼1 have, on average, a metallicity ∼0.3dex lower than galaxies in the local universe. However we do not see any significant metallicity evolution between redshifts z∼0.7 (Paper I, Lamareille et al., 2009A&A...495...53L
) and z∼1.0 (this paper). We find also the same flattening of the mass-metallicity relation for the most massive galaxies as reported in Paper I at lower redshifts, but again no apparent evolution of the slope is seen between z∼0.7 and z∼1.0.
galaxies: evolution - galaxies: fundamental parameters - galaxies: abundances - galaxies: starburst
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