We explore the radial distribution of star formation in galaxies in the SAMI Galaxy Survey as a function of their Local Group environment. Using a sample of galaxies in groups (with halo masses less than ≃ 1014M⊙) from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly Survey, we find signatures of environmental quenching in high-mass groups (MG ≥ 1012.5M⊙). The mean integrated specific star formation rate (sSFR) of star-forming galaxies in high-mass groups is lower than for galaxies in low-mass groups or those that are ungrouped, with Δlog(sSFR/yr-1) = 0.45 ± 0.07. This difference is seen at all galaxy stellar masses. In high-mass groups, starforming galaxies more massive than M∗ ∼ 1010M⊙ have centrally concentrated star formation. These galaxies also lie below the star formation main sequence, which suggests they may be undergoing outside-in quenching. Lower mass galaxies in high-mass groups do not show evidence of concentrated star formation. In groups less massive than MG = 1012.5M⊙, we do not observe these trends. In this regime, we find a modest correlation between centrally concentrated star formation and an enhancement in the total star formation rate, consistent with triggered star formation in these galaxies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science