Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 493, 3580-3607 (2020/April-2)
The dust effects on galaxy scaling relations.
Abstract (from CDS):
Accurate galaxy scaling relations are essential for a successful model of galaxy formation and evolution as they provide direct information about the physical mechanisms of galaxy assembly over cosmic time. We present here a detailed analysis of a sample of nearby spiral galaxies taken from the KINGFISH survey. The photometric parameters of the morphological components are obtained from bulge-disc decompositions using GALFIT data analysis algorithm, with surface photometry of the sample done beforehand. Dust opacities are determined using a previously discovered correlation between the central face-on dust opacity of the disc and the stellar mass surface density. The method and the library of numerical results previously obtained in Pastrav et al. (2013a,b) are used to correct the measured photometric and structural parameters for projection (inclination), dust, and decomposition effects in order to derive their intrinsic values. Galaxy disc scaling relations are then presented, both the measured (observed) and the intrinsic (corrected) ones, in the optical regime, to show the scale of the biases introduced by the aforementioned effects. The slopes of the size-luminosity relations and the dust versus stellar mass are in agreement with values found in other works. We derive mean dust optical depth and dust/stellar mass ratios of the sample, which we find to be consistent with previous studies of nearby spiral galaxies. While our sample is rather small, it is sufficient to quantify the influence of galaxy environment (dust, in this case) when deriving scaling relations.