Back to Volume
Paper: Studying Distant Dwarf Galaxies with GEMS and SDSS
Volume: 352, New Horizons in Astronomy: Frank N. Bash Symposium 2005
Page: 225
Authors: Barazza, F.D.; Jogee, S.; Rix, H.-W.; Barden, M.; Bell, E.F.; Caldwell, J.A.R.; McIntosh, D.H.; Meisenheimer, K.; Peng, C.Y.; Wolf, C.
Abstract: We study the colors, structural properties, and star formation histories of a sample of ∼1600 dwarfs over look-back times of ∼3 Gyr (z = 0.002–0.25). The sample consists of 401 distant dwarfs drawn from the Galaxy Evolution from Morphologies and SEDs (GEMS) survey, which provides high resolution Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys images and accurate redshifts, and of 1291 dwarfs at 10–90 Mpc compiled from the Sloan Digitized Sky Survey (SDSS). We find that the GEMS dwarfs are bluer than the SDSS dwarfs, which is consistent with star formation histories involving starbursts and periods of continuous star formation. The full range of colors cannot be reproduced by single starbursts or constant star formation alone. We derive the star formation rates of the GEMS dwarfs and estimate the mechanical luminosities needed for a complete removal of their gas. We find that a large fraction of luminous dwarfs are likely to retain their gas, whereas fainter dwarfs are susceptible to significant gas loss, if they experience single starbursts.
Back to Volume