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SDSS-IV MaNGA: Stellar Population Gradients Within Barred Galaxies

Fraser-McKelvie, Amelia; Merrifield, Michael; Aragón-Salamanca, Alfonso; Peterken, Thomas; Masters, Karen; Krawczyk, Coleman; Andrews, Brett; Knapen, Johan H; Kruk, Sandor; Schaefer, Adam; Smethurst, Rebecca; Riffel, Rogério; Brownstein, Joel; Drory, Niv


Amelia Fraser-McKelvie

Michael Merrifield

Alfonso Aragón-Salamanca

Thomas Peterken

Karen Masters

Coleman Krawczyk

Brett Andrews

Johan H Knapen

Sandor Kruk

Adam Schaefer

Rebecca Smethurst

Rogério Riffel

Joel Brownstein

Niv Drory


Bars in galaxies are thought to stimulate both inflow of material and radial mixing along them. Observational evidence for this mixing has been inconclusive so far however, limiting the evaluation of the impact of bars on galaxy evolution. We now use results from the MaNGA integral field spectroscopic survey to characterise radial stellar age and metallicity gradients along the bar and outside the bar in 128 strongly barred galaxies. We find that age and metallicity gradients are flatter in the barred regions of almost all barred galaxies when compared to corresponding disk regions at the same radii. Our results re-emphasize the key fact that by azimuthally averaging integral field spectroscopic data one loses important information from non-axisymmetric galaxy components such as bars and spiral arms. We interpret our results as observational evidence that bars are radially mixing material in galaxies of all stellar masses, and for all bar morphologies and evolutionary stages.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2019
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
Electronic ISSN 1745-3933
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 488
Issue 1
Pages L6–L11
APA6 Citation Fraser-McKelvie, A., Merrifield, M., Aragón-Salamanca, A., Peterken, T., Masters, K., Krawczyk, C., …Drory, N. (2019). SDSS-IV MaNGA: Stellar Population Gradients Within Barred Galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 488(1), L6–L11. doi:10.1093/mnrasl/slz085
Keywords Galaxies: evolution, Galaxies: general, Galaxies: stellar content, Galaxies: spiral
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Additional Information This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved"


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