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Title: New insights on the formation and assembly of M83 from deep near-infrared imaging

We present results from new near-infrared (NIR) imaging from the Spitzer Space Telescope that trace the low surface brightness features of the outer disk and stellar stream in the nearby spiral galaxy, M83. Previous observations have shown that M83 hosts a faint stellar stream to the northwest and a star-forming disk that extends to ∼3 times the optical radius (R{sub 25}). By combining the NIR imaging with archival far-ultraviolet (FUV) and H I imaging, we study the star formation history of the system. The NIR surface brightness profile has a break at ∼5.'8 (equivalent to 8.1 kpc and 0.9 R{sub 25}) with a shallower slope beyond this radius, which may result from the recent accretion of gas onto the outer disk and subsequent star formation. Additionally, the ratio of FUV to NIR flux increases with increasing radius in several arms throughout the extended star forming disk, indicating an increase in the ratio of the present to past star formation rate with increasing radius. This sort of inside-out disk formation is consistent with observations of gas infall onto the outer disk of M83. Finally, the flux, size, and shape of the stellar stream are measured and the origin of the streammore » is explored. The stream has a total NIR flux of 11.6 mJy, which implies a stellar mass of 1 × 10{sup 8} M{sub ☉} in an area subtending ∼80°. No FUV emission is detected in the stream at a level greater than the noise, confirming an intermediate-age or old stellar population in the stream.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6]
  1. Department of Astronomy, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071 (United States)
  3. Center for Cosmology, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States)
  4. Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003 (United States)
  5. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)
  6. Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22365662
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 789; 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; BRIGHTNESS; EMISSION; EVOLUTION; FAR ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION; GALAXIES; MASS; NEAR INFRARED RADIATION; NOISE; SPACE; STARS; STREAMS; TELESCOPES