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Extinction-corrected Star Formation Rates Empirically Derived from Ultraviolet-Optical Colors

Treyer, Marie and Schiminovich, David and Johnson, Ben and Seibert, Mark and Wyder, Ted and Barlow, Tom A. and Conrow, Tim and Forster, Karl and Friedman, Peter G. and Martin, D. Christopher and Morrissey, Patrick and Neff, Susan G. and Small, Todd and Bianchi, Luciana and Donas, José and Heckman, Timothy M. and Lee, Young-Wook and Madore, Barry F. and Milliard, Bruno and Rich, R. Michael and Szalay, Alex S. and Welsh, Barry Y. and Yi, Sukyoung K. (2007) Extinction-corrected Star Formation Rates Empirically Derived from Ultraviolet-Optical Colors. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 173 (2). pp. 256-266. ISSN 0067-0049. doi:10.1086/521794.

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Using a sample of galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectroscopic catalog with measured star formation rates (SFRs) and ultraviolet (UV) photometry from the GALEX Medium Imaging Survey, we derived empirical linear correlations between the SFR to UV luminosity ratio and the UV–optical colors of blue-sequence galaxies. The relations provide a simple prescription to correct UV data for dust attenuation that best reconciles the SFRs derived from UV and emission-line data. The method breaks down for the red-sequence population as well as for very blue galaxies such as the local "supercompact" UV luminous galaxies and the majority of high-redshift Lyman break galaxies, which form a low-attenuation sequence of their own.

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Seibert, Mark0000-0002-1143-5515
Forster, Karl0000-0001-5800-5531
Martin, D. Christopher0000-0002-8650-1644
Morrissey, Patrick0000-0001-8177-1023
Madore, Barry F.0000-0002-1576-1676
Rich, R. Michael0000-0003-0427-8387
Additional Information:© 2007 American Astronomical Society. Print publication: Issue 2 (2007 December); received 2007 April 24; accepted for publication 2007 July 19. The authors thank their anonymous referee, whose many comments greatly improved this paper. GALEX is a NASA Small Explorer, launched in 2003 April. We gratefully acknowledge NASA’s support for its construction, operation, and science analysis, as well as the cooperation of the French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory, Space Astrophysics Laboratory
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Subject Keywords:galaxies: evolution; galaxies: fundamental parameters; surveys; ultraviolet: galaxies
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Official Citation:Extinction-corrected Star Formation Rates Empirically Derived from Ultraviolet-Optical Colors Marie Treyer, David Schiminovich, Ben Johnson, Mark Seibert, Ted Wyder, Tom A. Barlow, Tim Conrow, Karl Forster, Peter G. Friedman, D. Christopher Martin, Patrick Morrissey, Susan G. Neff, Todd Small, Luciana Bianchi, José Donas, Timothy M. Heckman, Young-Wook Lee, Barry F. Madore, Bruno Milliard, R. Michael Rich, Alex S. Szalay, Barry Y. Welsh, and Sukyoung K. Yi 2007 ApJS 173 256-266 doi: 10.1086/521794
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