Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 487, 4238-4260 (2019/August-2)
Star-forming clumps in the Lyman Alpha Reference Sample of galaxies - I. Photometric analysis and clumpiness.
MESSA M., ADAMO A., OSTLIN G., MELINDER J., HAYES M., BRIDGE J.S. and CANNON J.
Abstract (from CDS):
We study young star-forming clumps on physical scales of 10-500 pc in the Lyman-Alpha Reference Sample (LARS), a collection of low-redshift (z = 0.03-0.2) UV-selected star-forming galaxies. In each of the 14 galaxies of the sample, we detect clumps for which we derive sizes and magnitudes in five UV-optical filters. The final sample includes ∼1400 clumps, of which ∼600 have magnitude uncertainties below 0.3 in all filters. The UV luminosity function for the total sample of clumps is described by a power law with slope α=-2.03+0.11–0.13. Clumps in the LARS galaxies have on average ΣSFR values higher than what is observed in H II regions of local galaxies and comparable to typical star formation rate (SFR) densities of clumps in z = 1-3 galaxies. We derive the clumpiness as the relative contribution from clumps to the UV emission of each galaxy, and study it as a function of galactic-scale properties, i.e. ΣSFR and the ratio between rotational and dispersion velocities of the gas (vs/σ0). We find that in galaxies with higher ΣSFR or lower vs/σ0, clumps dominate the UV emission of their host systems. All LARS galaxies with Ly α escape fractions larger than 10% have more than 50% of the UV luminosity from clumps. We tested the robustness of these results against the effect of different physical resolutions. At low resolution, the measured clumpiness appears more elevated than if we could resolve clumps down to single clusters. This effect is small in the redshift range covered by LARS; thus, our results are not driven by the physical resolution.
© 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
galaxies: starburst - galaxies: star clusters: general - galaxies: star formation
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