Star-forming Galaxies in Intermediate Redshift Clusters: Stellar vs. Dynamical Masses of Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies [GA]

We investigate the stellar masses of the class of star-forming objects known as Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies (LCBGs) by studying a sample of galaxies in the distant cluster MS$~$0451.6-0305 at $z\approx0.54$ with ground-based multicolor imaging and spectroscopy. For a sample of 16 spectroscopically-confirmed cluster LCBGs (colour $B-V < 0.5$, surface brightness $\mu_B < 21$ mag arcsec$^{-2}$, and magnitude $M_B < -18.5$), we measure stellar masses by fitting spectral energy distribution (SED) models to multiband photometry, and compare with dynamical masses (determined from velocity dispersion between 10 $<$ $\sigma_v (\rm km~ s^{-1})$ $<$ 80), we previously obtained from their emission-line spectra. We compare two different stellar population models that measure stellar mass in star-bursting galaxies, indicating correlations between the stellar age, extinction, and stellar mass derived from the two different SED models. The stellar masses of cluster LCBGs are distributed similarly to those of field LCBGs, but the cluster LCBGs show lower dynamical-to-stellar mass ratios ($\rm M_{dyn}/M_{\ast} = 2.6$) than their field LCBG counterparts ($\rm M_{dyn}/M_{\ast}=4.8$), echoing trends noted previously in low-redshift dwarf elliptical galaxies. Within this limited sample, the specific star formation rate declines steeply with increasing mass, suggesting that these cluster LCBGs have undergone vigorous star formation.

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S. Randriamampandry, S. Crawford, M. Bershady, et. al.
Thu, 15 Jun 17

Comments: 16 pages, 7 figures. Accepted for publication in MNRAS