We combine deep UBV RIzJK photometry from the MUSYC survey with redshifts from the COMBO-17 survey to study the rest-frame ultraviolet (UV) properties of 674 high-redshift (0.5 < z < 1) early-type galaxies, drawn from the Extended Chandra Deep Field South (E-CDFS). Galaxy morphologies are determined through visual inspection of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images taken from the GEMS survey. We harness the sensitivity of the UV to young (<1 Gyrs old) stars to quantify the recent star formation history of the early-type population. We find compelling evidence that early-types of all luminosities form stars over the lifetime of the Universe, although the bulk of their star formation is already complete at high redshift. Luminous (23 < M(V) < 20.5) early-types form 10-15 percent of their mass after z = 1, while their less luminous (M(V) > 20.5) counterparts form 30-60 percent of their mass in the same redshift range.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Jul|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science