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Galaxy Properties in Different Environments: Star Formation in Bulges of Late-Type Spirals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2010

G. Tenorio-Tagle
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife
M. G. Pastoriza
Affiliation:
Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
E. Bica
Affiliation:
Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
M. Maia
Affiliation:
Departamento de Astronomia, Observatório Nacional, Rua Gal. José Cristino 77, Rio de Janeiro, 20921-RJ, Brazil
C. Bonatto
Affiliation:
Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
H. Dottori
Affiliation:
Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
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Summary

The star formation history in the nuclei of late-type spiral galaxies is compared between a sample in a high galaxy density medium (HDS) and a control sample (CS) of isolated galaxies. We have observed 20 HDS and 18 CS galaxies selected from a larger list generated by the application of a group-finding algorithm to the SSRS survey. Using equivalent widths of absorption lines and the continuum distribution, we determined the nuclear stellar population types, from those dominated by old populations to those containing star formation bursts of different ages and intensities. The HDS and CS stellar population type histograms are similar, suggesting that environmental influences, at least for the present samples, do not substantially affect the nuclear stellar population. However, the nuclear emission lines indicate that, in the BPT diagnostic diagrams, there is an excess of HDS galaxies located within or close to the AGN loci. For 6 HDS and 2 CS galaxies it was possible to determine Oxygen (O/H) and Nitrogen (N/H) abundances. The samples present similar (O/H) values, but in the CS galaxies the (N/O) ratio is lower at equal galaxy luminosity.

Introduction

Evidence of several environmental effects that affect galaxy properties have been reported recently: (a) the morphology-density relation (fractional increase of early-type galaxies towards regions of high concentration, Dressier 1980; Postman & Geller 1984; Giovanelli, Haynes & Chincarini 1986; Maia & da Costa 1990); (b) the morphology-clustercentric radius relation (Whitmore, Gilmore & Jones 1993).

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Violent Star Formation
From 30 Doradus to QSOs
, pp. 94 - 99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 1994

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  • Galaxy Properties in Different Environments: Star Formation in Bulges of Late-Type Spirals
    • By M. G. Pastoriza, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, E. Bica, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, M. Maia, Departamento de Astronomia, Observatório Nacional, Rua Gal. José Cristino 77, Rio de Janeiro, 20921-RJ, Brazil, C. Bonatto, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, H. Dottori, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • G. Tenorio-Tagle, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife
  • Book: Violent Star Formation
  • Online publication: 10 November 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511600159.019
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  • Galaxy Properties in Different Environments: Star Formation in Bulges of Late-Type Spirals
    • By M. G. Pastoriza, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, E. Bica, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, M. Maia, Departamento de Astronomia, Observatório Nacional, Rua Gal. José Cristino 77, Rio de Janeiro, 20921-RJ, Brazil, C. Bonatto, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, H. Dottori, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • G. Tenorio-Tagle, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife
  • Book: Violent Star Formation
  • Online publication: 10 November 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511600159.019
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  • Galaxy Properties in Different Environments: Star Formation in Bulges of Late-Type Spirals
    • By M. G. Pastoriza, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, E. Bica, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, M. Maia, Departamento de Astronomia, Observatório Nacional, Rua Gal. José Cristino 77, Rio de Janeiro, 20921-RJ, Brazil, C. Bonatto, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, H. Dottori, Departamento de Astronomia, IF-UFRGS, CP 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
  • G. Tenorio-Tagle, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife
  • Book: Violent Star Formation
  • Online publication: 10 November 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511600159.019
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