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Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Timescales for galaxies crossing the green valley

Phillipps, S., Bremer, M. N., Hopkins, A. M., De Propris, R., Taylor, E. N., James, P. A., Davies, L. J. M., Cluver, M. E., Driver, S. P., Eales, S. A. ORCID:, Holwerda, B. W., Kelvin, L. S. and Sansom, A. E. 2019. Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): Timescales for galaxies crossing the green valley. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 485 , pp. 5559-5572. 10.1093/mnras/stz799

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We explore the constraints that can be placed on the evolutionary time-scales for typical low-redshift galaxies evolving from the blue cloud through the green valley and on to the red sequence. We utilize galaxies from the GAMA survey with 0.1 < z < 0.2 and classify them according to the intrinsic (u* − r*) colours of their stellar populations, as determined by fits to their multiwavelength spectral energy distributions. Using these fits to also determine stellar population ages and star formation time-scales, we argue that our results are consistent with a green valley population dominated by galaxies that are simply decreasing their star formation (running out of gas) over a time-scale of 2–4 Gyr which are seen at a specific epoch in their evolution (approximately 1.6 e-folding times after their peak in star formation). If their fitted star formation histories are extrapolated forward, the green galaxies will further redden over time, until they attain the colours of a passive population. In this picture, no specific quenching event which cuts-off their star formation is required, though it remains possible that the decline in star formation in green galaxies may be expedited by internal or external forces. However, there is no evidence that green galaxies have recently changed their star formation time-scales relative to their previous longer term star formation histories.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 June 2019
Date of Acceptance: 11 March 2019
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 04:42

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