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Title: A GALACTIC WEIGH-IN: MASS MODELS OF SINGS GALAXIES USING CHEMO-SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC GALACTIC EVOLUTION MODELS

The baryonic mass-to-light ratio (Y{sub *}) used to perform the photometry-to-mass conversion has a tremendous influence on the measurement of the baryonic content and distribution as well as on the determination of the dark halo parameters. Since numerous clues hint at an inside-out formation process for galaxies, a radius-dependant Y{sub *} is needed to physically represent the radially varying stellar population. In this article, we use chemo-spectrophotometric galactic evolution (CSPE) models to determine Y{sub *} for a wide range of masses and sizes in the scenario of an inside-out formation process by gas accretion. We apply our method to a SINGS subsample of 10 spiral and dwarf galaxies with photometric coverage ranging from the UV to the mid-IR. The CSPE models prove to be a good tool for weighting the different photometric bands in order to obtain consistent stellar disk masses regardless of the spectral band used. On the other hand, we show that the color index versus Y{sub *} relation is an imperfect tool for assigning masses to young stellar populations because of the degeneracy affecting Y{sub *} in all bands at low color index. The disks resulting from our analysis are compatible with the maximum disk hypothesis providedmore » that an adequate bulge/disk decomposition is performed and that the correction for the presence of a bar is not neglected since bars disturb the internal disk kinematics. Disk-mass models including Y{sub *} as a free parameter as well as models using our physically motivated, radially varying Y{sub *} are presented and discussed for each galaxy.« less
Authors:
; ;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Laboratoire d'Astrophysique Experimentale, Departement de Physique, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-ville, Montreal, QC H3C 3J7 (Canada)
  2. LAM (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille), Universite Aix-Marseille, CNRS, UMR 7326, F-13388 Marseille (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22130943
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 773; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BARYONS; COLOR; GALACTIC EVOLUTION; GALAXIES; HYPOTHESIS; MASS; PHOTOMETRY; SPECTROPHOTOMETRY; VISIBLE RADIATION