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Herschel-ATLAS: the surprising diversity of dust-selected galaxies in the local submillimetre Universe

Clark, C.J.R.; Dunne, L.; Gomez, H.L.; Maddox, S.; De Vis, P.; Smith, M.W.L.; Eales, S.A.; Baes, M.; Bendo, G.J.; Bourne, N.; Driver, S.P.; Dye, S.; Furlanetto, C.; Grootes, M.W.; Ivison, R.J.; Schofield, S.P.; Robotham, A.S.G.; Rowlands, K.; Valiante, E.; Vlahakis, C.; Werf, P. van der; Wright, A.H.; de Zotti, G.

Authors

C.J.R. Clark

L. Dunne

H.L. Gomez

S. Maddox

P. De Vis

M.W.L. Smith

S.A. Eales

M. Baes

G.J. Bendo

N. Bourne

S.P. Driver

SIMON DYE Simon.Dye@nottingham.ac.uk
Associate Professor

C. Furlanetto

M.W. Grootes

R.J. Ivison

S.P. Schofield

A.S.G. Robotham

K. Rowlands

E. Valiante

C. Vlahakis

P. van der Werf

A.H. Wright

G. de Zotti



Abstract

We present the properties of the first 250 μm blind sample of nearby galaxies (15 < D < 46 Mpc) containing 42 objects from the Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey. Herschel's sensitivity probes the faint end of the dust luminosity function for the first time, spanning a range of stellar mass (7.4 < M⋆ < 11.3 log10 M⊙), star formation activity (−11.8 < SSFR < −8.9 log10 yr−1), gas fraction (3–96 per cent), and colour (0.6 < FUV–KS < 7.0 mag). The median cold dust temperature is 14.6 K, colder than in the Herschel Reference Survey (18.5 K) and Planck Early Release Compact Source Catalogue (17.7 K). The mean dust-to-stellar mass ratio in our sample is higher than these surveys by factors of 3.7 and 1.8, with a dust mass volume density of (3.7 ± 0.7) × 105 M⊙ Mpc−3. Counter-intuitively, we find that the more dust rich a galaxy, the lower its UV attenuation. Over half of our dust-selected sample are very blue in FUV–KS colour, with irregular and/or highly flocculent morphology; these galaxies account for only 6 per cent of the sample's stellar mass but contain over 35 per cent of the dust mass. They are the most actively star-forming galaxies in the sample, with the highest gas fractions and lowest UV attenuation. They also appear to be in an early stage of converting their gas into stars, providing valuable insights into the chemical evolution of young galaxies.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 3, 2015
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 452
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Clark, C., Dunne, L., Gomez, H., Maddox, S., De Vis, P., Smith, M., …de Zotti, G. (2015). Herschel-ATLAS: the surprising diversity of dust-selected galaxies in the local submillimetre Universe. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452(1), https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv1276
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stv1276
Keywords galaxies: evolution, galaxies: general, galaxies: irregular, galaxies: ISM, infrared: galaxies, submillimetre: galaxies
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/452/1/397/1749225/Herschel-ATLAS-the-surprising-diversity-of-dust
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2015 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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