Mass-metallicity relation explored with CALIFA I. Is there a dependence on the star-formation rate?



Downloads per month over past year

Marino, Raffaella Anna and otros, ... (2013) Mass-metallicity relation explored with CALIFA I. Is there a dependence on the star-formation rate? Astronomy & Astrophysics, 554 . ISSN 0004-6361

[thumbnail of marino11libre.pdf]

Official URL:


We studied the global and local ℳ-Z relation based on the first data available from the CALIFA survey (150 galaxies). This survey provides integral field spectroscopy of the complete optical extent of each galaxy (up to 2−3 effective radii), with a resolution high enough to separate individual H II regions and/or aggregations. About 3000 individual H II regions have been detected. The spectra cover the wavelength range between [OII]3727 and [SII]6731, with a sufficient signal-to-noise ratio to derive the oxygen abundance and star-formation rate associated with each region. In addition, we computed the integrated and spatially resolved stellar masses (and surface densities) based on SDSS photometric data. We explore the relations between the stellar mass, oxygen abundance and star-formation rate using this dataset. We derive a tight relation between the integrated stellar mass and the gas-phase abundance, with a dispersion lower than the one already reported in the literature (σ_Δlog (O/H) = 0.07 dex). Indeed, this dispersion is only slightly higher than the typical error derived for our oxygen abundances. However, we found no secondary relation with the star-formation rate other than the one induced by the primary relation of this quantity with the stellar mass. The analysis for our sample of ~3000 individual H II   regions confirms (i) a local mass-metallicity relation and (ii) the lack of a secondary relation with the star-formation rate. The same analysis was performed with similar results for the specific star-formation rate. Our results agree with the scenario in which gas recycling in galaxies, both locally and globally, is much faster than other typical timescales, such like that of gas accretion by inflow and/or metal loss due to outflows. In essence, late-type/disk-dominated galaxies seem to be in a quasi-steady situation, with a behavior similar to the one expected from an instantaneous recycling/closed-box model.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:

© ESO, 2013.
Artículo firmado por 42 autores.
We thank the director of CEFCA, M. Moles, for his sincere support of this project. This study makes uses of the data provided by the Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area (CALIFA) survey ( CALIFA is the first legacy survey being performed at Calar Alto. The CALIFA collaboration would like to thank the IAA-CSIC and MPIA-MPG as major partners of the observatory, and CAHA itself, for the unique access to telescope time and support in manpower and infrastructures. The CALIFA collaboration also thanks the CAHA staff for the dedication to this project. Based on observations collected at the Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán (CAHA) at Calar Alto, operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC). We thank the Viabilidad, Diseño, Acceso y Mejora funding program, ICTS-2009-10, for supporting the initial developement of this project. S.F.S., F.F.R.O. and D. Mast thank the Plan Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo funding programs, AYA2010-22111-C03-03 and AYA2010-10904E, of the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, for the support given to this project. S.F.S. thanks the Ramón y Cajal project RyC-2011-07590 of the spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, for the support giving to this project. S.F.S. and B.J. acknowledge suuport by the grants No. M100031241 and M100031201 of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR Internal support program of international cooperation projects-PIPPMS) and by the Czech Republic program for the long-term development of the research institution No. RVO67985815. R.G.D., E.P. and R.G.B. thank the Plan Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo funding program AYA2010-15081. F.F.R.O. acknowledges the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) for financial support under the programme Estancias Posdoctorales y Sabáticas al Extranjero para la Consolidación de Grupos de Investigación, 2010-2011 J.M. and J.P. acknowledge financial support from the Spanish grant AYA2010-15169 and Junta de Andalucía TIC114 and Excellence Project P08-TIC-03531. D. M. and A. M.-I. are supported by the Spanish Research Council within the program JAE-Doc, Junta para la Ampliación de Estudios, co-funded by the FSE. R. A. Marino was also funded by the spanish programme of International Campus of Excellence Moncloa (CEI). J.I.-P., J.M. V., A. M.-I. and C. K. have been partially funded by the projects AYA2010-21887 from the Spanish PNAYA, CSD2006-00070 "1st Science with GTC" from the CONSOLIDER 2010 programme of the Spanish MICINN, and TIC114 Galaxias y Cosmología of the Junta de Andalucía (Spain). M. A. P. T. acknowledges support by the Spanish MICINN through grant AYA2012-38491-C02-02, and by the Autonomic Government of Andaluucía through grants P08-TIC-4075 and TIC-126. Polychronis Papaderos is supported by a Ciencia 2008 contract, funded by FCT/MCTES (Portugal) and POPH/FSE (EC). Jean-Michel Gomes is supported by grant SFRH/BPD/66958/2009 from FCT (Portugal). This paper makes use of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data. Funding for the SDSS and SDSS-II has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Japanese Monbukagakusho, the Max Planck Society, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The SDSS Web Site is http://www. The SDSS is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions.The Participating Institutions are the American Museum of Natural History, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, University of Basel, University of Cambridge, Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago, Drexel University, Fermilab, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan Participation Group, Johns Hopkins University, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, the Korean Scientist Group, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (LAMOST), Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), New Mexico State University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the United States Naval Observatory, and the University of Washington. This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital sky survey; H-II regions; Integral field spectroscopy; Potsdam multiaperture spectrophotometer; Forming galaxies; Stellar mass; Spiral galaxies; Irregular galaxies; Semiempirical analysis; Abundance gradients
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:37573
Deposited On:10 May 2016 15:01
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

Origin of downloads

Repository Staff Only: item control page