SDSS-IV MaNGA: Environmental dependence of stellar age and metallicity gradients in nearby galaxies

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  • External authors:
  • Zheng Zheng
  • Huiyuan Wang
  • Junqiang Ge
  • Shude Mao
  • Cheng Li
  • Ran Li
  • Houjun Mo
  • Daniel Goddard
  • Kevin Bundy
  • Hongyu Li
  • Preethi Nair
  • Lihwai Lin
  • Rogério Riffel
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Karen Masters
  • Dmitry Bizyaev
  • Joel R. Brownstein
  • Kai Zhang
  • David R. Law
  • Niv Drory
  • Alexandre Roman Lopes
  • Olena Malanushenko

Abstract

We present a study on the stellar age and metallicity distributions for 1105 galaxies using the STARLIGHT software on MaNGA (Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO) integral field spectra. We derive age and metallicity gradients by fitting straight lines to the radial profiles, and explore their correlations with total stellar mass M*, NUV - r colour and environments, as identified by both the large-scale structure (LSS) type and the local density. We find that the mean age and metallicity gradients are close to zero but slightly negative, which is consistent with the inside-out formation scenario. Within our sample, we find that both the age and metallicity gradients show weak or no correlation with either the LSS type or local density environment. In addition, we also study the environmental dependence of age and metallicity values at the effective radii. The age and metallicity values are highly correlated with M* and NUV - r and are also dependent on LSS type as well as local density. Low-mass galaxies tend to be younger and have lower metallicity in low-density environments while high-mass galaxies are less affected by environment.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4572-4588
Number of pages17
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume465
Issue number4
Early online date23 Nov 2016
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017