GALAXY AND MASS ASSEMBLY (GAMA): MID-INFRARED PROPERTIES AND EMPIRICAL RELATIONS FROM WISE

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Abstract

The Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey furnishes a deep redshift catalog that, when combined with the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), allows us to explore for the first time the mid-infrared properties of >110,000 galaxies over 120 deg(2) to z similar or equal to 0.5. In this paper we detail the procedure for producing the matched GAMA-WISE catalog for the G12 and G15 fields, in particular characterizing and measuring resolved sources; the complete catalogs for all three GAMA equatorial fields will be made available through the GAMA public releases. The wealth of multiwavelength photometry and optical spectroscopy allows us to explore empirical relations between optically determined stellar mass (derived from synthetic stellar population models) and 3.4 mu m and 4.6 mu m WISE measurements. Similarly dust-corrected Ha-derived star formation rates can be compared to 12 mu m and 22 mu m luminosities to quantify correlations that can be applied to large samples to z <0.5. To illustrate the applications of these relations, we use the 12 mu m star formation prescription to investigate the behavior of specific star formation within the GAMA-WISE sample and underscore the ability of WISE to detect star-forming systems at z similar to 0.5. Within galaxy groups (determined by a sophisticated friends-of-friends scheme), results suggest that galaxies with a neighbor within 100 h(-1) kpc have, on average, lower specific star formation rates than typical GAMA galaxies with the same stellar mass.
Original languageEnglish
Article number90
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume782
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2014

Keywords

  • catalogs
  • galaxies: star formation
  • galaxies: stellar content
  • infrared: galaxies
  • surveys

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