A photometrically and spectroscopically confirmed population of passive spiral galaxies

Amelia Fraser McKelvie, Michael Brown, Kevin A. Pimbblet, Timothy Dolley, Jake Crossett, Nic Bonne

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Abstract

We have identified a population of passive spiral galaxies from photometry and integral field spectroscopy. We selected z<0.035 spiral galaxies that have WISE colours consistent with little mid-infrared emission from warm dust. Matched aperture photometry of 51 spiral galaxies in ultraviolet, optical and mid-infrared show these galaxies have colours consistent with passive galaxies. Six galaxies form a spectroscopic pilot study and were observed using the Wide-Field Spectrograph to check for signs of nebular emission from star formation.We see no evidence of substantial nebular emission found in previous red spiral samples. These six galaxies possess absorption-line spectra with 4000Å breaks consistent with an average luminosity-weighted age of 2.3 Gyr. Our photometric and integral field spectroscopic observations confirm the existence of a population of local passive spiral galaxies, implying that transformation into early-type morphologies is not required for the quenching of star formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L11-L15
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
Volume462
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Evolution - galaxies
  • Galaxies
  • General - galaxies
  • Spiral - galaxies
  • Stellar content

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