Star Formation Rate estimators: [O II]λ3727 vs. Hα for local star-forming galaxies



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Aragón Salamanca, A. and Alonso Herrero, A. and Gallego Maestro, Jesús and García Dabó, C. E. and Pérez González, Pablo Guillermo and Zamorano Calvo, Jaime and Gil de Paz, Armando (2003) Star Formation Rate estimators: [O II]λ3727 vs. Hα for local star-forming galaxies. In Star formation through time: A conference to honour Roberto J. Terlevich. ASP Conference Series (297). Astronomical Society of the Pacific, pp. 191-196. ISBN 1-58381-144-3

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The [O ii]λ3727 emission line is frequently used as an indicator of the star formation rate (SFR) despite its complex dependence on metallicity and excitation conditions. We have analysed the properties of the [O II] and Hα emission lines for a complete sample of local Hα-selected galaxies, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) survey. We find a large scatter in the [O II]/Hα line ratios, although the scatter in the extinction-corrected [O II]^0/Hα^0 ratio is considerably smaller. We also find that the [O II]/Hα ratios are reasonably well correlated with the absolute B- and K-band magnitudes and with EW([O II]). However, the extinction-corrected [O II]^0/Hα^0 ratio is largely independent of these quantities, indicating that extinction is the main driver of the correlations. These correlations allow us to statistically predict-with varying degrees of accuracy-the observed and extinction-corrected Hα fluxes from the observed [O II] flux using the information contained in EW([O II]) and/or the absolute magnitudes, but extreme caution is needed to make sure that the sample selection effects are correctly taken into account.

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© 2003 Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Conference on Star Formation through Time (2002. Granada, Spain). This research was supported in part by the Spanish Programa Nacional de Astronomía y Astrofísica. AAS acknowledges generous financial support from the Royal Society. AGdP acknowledges financial support from NASA. PGPG acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación y Cultura. CEGD acknowledges financial support from the UCM.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Madrid survey galaxies; Nearby field galaxies; Spectroscopic properties; Universidad Complutense; O-II; Emission; Photometry
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:36056
Deposited On:01 Mar 2016 15:30
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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