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A Stellar M-SFR-Z Relation MOSt DEFinitely Exists at z~2.3

19 May 2020, 16:00 UTC
A Stellar M-SFR-Z Relation MOSt DEFinitely Exists at z~2.3
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Title: The MOSDEF survey: a stellar mass-SFR-metallicity relation exists at z∼2.3
Authors: Ryan L. Sanders et al.
First Author’s Institution: University of California, Davis
Status: Published in ApJ
Galaxy evolution is a complicated thing! Our current theory is that gas comes in, stars get made & explode, the surrounding interstellar medium (ISM) heats up and gets enriched with metals, and then gas goes out. These processes are happening in different stages all across the galaxy and can make simulating and observing galaxy evolution very difficult. Thankfully, through years of observation of local galaxies, we know that some galactic properties are correlated! For example, Tremonti et al. (2004) showed that there is a relation between stellar mass (M∗) and gas-phase oxygen abundance (12 + log(O/H) or Z) in the local universe (redshift z ~ 0). In 2008, Ellison et al. discovered that this M∗–Z relation also has a dependence on the star-formation rate ...

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