Calibration of Ultraviolet, Mid-infrared, and Radio Star Formation Rate Indicators

Michael J.I. Brown, John Moustakas, Robert C. Kennicutt, Nicolas J. Bonne, Huib T. Intema, Francesco De Gasperin, Mederic Boquien, T. H. Jarrett, Michelle E. Cluver, J. D.T. Smith, Elisabete Da Cunha, Masatoshi Imanishi, Lee Armus, Bernhard R. Brandl, J. E.G. Peek

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We present calibrations for star formation rate (SFR) indicators in the ultraviolet, mid-infrared, and radiocontinuumbands, including one of the first direct calibrations of 150 MHz as an SFR indicator. Our calibrationsutilize 66 nearby star-forming galaxies with Balmer-decrement-corrected Hα luminosities, which span five ordersof magnitude in SFR and have absolute magnitudes of -24 < Mr < -12. Most of our photometry andspectrophotometry are measured from the same region of each galaxy, and our spectrophotometry has beenvalidated with SDSS photometry, so our random and systematic errors are small relative to the intrinsic scatter seenin SFR indicator calibrations. We find that the Wide-field Infrared Space Explorer W4 (22.8 μm), Spitzer 24 μm,and 1.4 GHz bands have tight correlations with the Balmer-decrement-corrected Hα luminosity, with a scatter ofonly 0.2 dex. Our calibrations are comparable to those from the prior literature for L∗ galaxies, but for dwarfgalaxies, our calibrations can give SFRs that are far greater than those derived from most previous literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number136
Number of pages17
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • dust, extinction
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: general
  • galaxies: photometry
  • stars: formation
  • techniques: spectroscopic

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