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The Relation between Star Formation Rate and Stellar Mass for Galaxies at 3.5 <= z <= 6.5 in CANDELS

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  • Brett Salmon
  • Casey Papovich
  • Steven L. Finkelstein
  • Vithal Tilvi
  • Kristian Finlator
  • Peter Behroozi
  • Tomas Dahlen
  • Romeel Davé
  • Avishai Dekel
  • Mark Dickinson
  • Henry C. Ferguson
  • Mauro Giavalisco
  • James Long
  • Yu Lu
  • Bahram Mobasher
  • Naveen Reddy
  • Rachel S. Somerville
  • Risa H. Wechsler

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2015


Distant star-forming galaxies show a correlation between their star formation rates (SFRs) and stellar masses, and this has deep implications for galaxy formation. Here, we present a study on the evolution of the slope and scatter of the SFR-stellar mass relation for galaxies at 3.5 9 dex. Assuming that the SFR is tied to the net gas inflow rate (SFR ~ \dot{M}gas), then the scatter in the gas inflow rate is also smaller than 0.3-0.4 dex for star-forming galaxies in these stellar mass and redshift ranges, at least when averaged over the timescale of star formation. We further show that the implied star formation history of objects selected on the basis of their co-moving number densities is consistent with the evolution in the SFR-stellar mass relation.

    Research areas

  • galaxies: distances and redshifts, galaxies: evolution, galaxies: fundamental parameters, Magellanic Clouds

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