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The Local Universe as Seen in the Far-Infrared and Far-Ultraviolet: A Global Point of View of the Local Recent Star Formation

Buat, V. and Takeuchi, T. T. and Iglesias-Páramo, J. and Xu, C. K. and Burgarella, D. and Boselli, A. and Barlow, T. and Bianchi, L. and Donas, J. and Forster, K. and Friedman, P. G. and Heckman, T. M. and Lee, Y.-W. and Madore, B. F. and Martin, D. C. and Milliard, B. and Morrissey, P. and Neff, S. and Rich, M. and Schiminovich, D. and Seibert, M. and Small, T. and Szalay, A. S. and Welsh, B. and Wyder, T. and Yi, S. K. (2007) The Local Universe as Seen in the Far-Infrared and Far-Ultraviolet: A Global Point of View of the Local Recent Star Formation. Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 173 (2). pp. 404-414. ISSN 0067-0049. doi:10.1086/516645.

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We select far-infrared (FIR: 60 μm) and far-ultraviolet (FUV: 530 Å) samples of nearby galaxies in order to discuss the biases encountered by monochromatic surveys (FIR or FUV). Very different volumes are sampled by each selection, and much care is taken to apply volume corrections to all the analyses. The distributions of the bolometric luminosity of young stars are compared for both samples: they are found to be consistent with each other for galaxies of intermediate luminosities, but some differences are found for high (>5 × 10^(10) L_☉) luminosities. The shallowness of the IRAS survey prevents us from securing a comparison at low luminosities (<2 × 10^9 L_☉). The ratio of the total infrared (TIR) luminosity to the FUV luminosity is found to increase with the bolometric luminosity in a similar way for both samples up to 5 × 10^(10) L_☉. Brighter galaxies are found to have a different behavior according to their selection: the L_(TIR)/L_(FUV) ratio of the FUV-selected galaxies brighter than 5 × 10^(10) L_☉ reaches a plateau, whereas L_(TIR)/L_(FUV) continues to increase with the luminosity of bright galaxies selected in FIR. The volume-averaged specific star formation rate (SFR per unit galaxy stellar mass, SSFR) is found to decrease toward massive galaxies within each selection. The mean values of the SSFR are found to be larger than those measured for optical and NIR-selected samples over the whole mass range for the FIR selection, and for masses larger than 10^(10) M_☉ for the FUV selection. Luminous and massive galaxies selected in FIR appear as active as galaxies with similar characteristics detected at z ~ 0.7.

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Additional Information:© 2007 American Astronomical Society. Received 2006 June 9; accepted 2006 September 25. We thank the anonymous referee for her/ his very useful and extensive comments. GALEX (the Galaxy Evolution Explorer) is a NASA Small Explorer, launched in 2003 April. We gratefully acknowledge NASA’s support for the construction, operation, and scientific analysis for the GALEX mission, developed in cooperation with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales of France and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.V. B., D. B., and J. I.-P. gratefully acknowledge CNES and ‘‘Programme National Galaxie’’ support for the scientific analysis for the GALEX mission. T. T. T. has been supported by a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship for Research Abroad for the early phase of this project, and later by the 21st Century Center of Excellence Program ‘‘Exploring New Science by Bridging Particle-Matter Hierarchy’’ at Tohoku University. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We also acknowledge the usage of the HyperLeda database (
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory, Space Astrophysics Laboratory, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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Subject Keywords:dust, extinction; galaxies: photometry; galaxies: stellar content; infrared: galaxies; ultraviolet: galaxies
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Official Citation:V. Buat et al 2007 ApJS 173 404 doi: 10.1086/516645
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