Recent star formation in high-redshift early-type galaxies: Insights from the rest-frame UV

S. Kaviraj, S. K. Yi, E. Gawiser, P. G. Van Dokkum, S. Khochfar, K. Schawinski, J. Silk

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume3
Issue numberS245
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Kaviraj, S., Yi, S. K., Gawiser, E., Van Dokkum, P. G., Khochfar, S., Schawinski, K., & Silk, J. (2007). Recent star formation in high-redshift early-type galaxies: Insights from the rest-frame UV. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 3(S245), 195-200.