Determining the average SFR of K+A galaxies
The Spectral Energy Distribution of Galaxies, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 284, p. 468-470
Published in Aug 2012
We stack FIRST survey cutout images of 811 K+A galaxies to derive a mean 1.4 GHz radio image of our sample from which we measure a mean K+A flux density of 56 μJy. We carry out Monte Carlo simulations by randomly selecting radio-quiet white dwarfs to create 10,000 stacks equivalent to our K+A stack. From the measured fluxes of these stacks, we establish a 5σ detection limit of 43 μJy for stacked images. For the average redshift of our sample, we find an mean star formation rate of ~1.7 M☉ yr-1. We split the sample by age and find a mean radio flux of 60 μJy, which corresponds to a star formation rate of 1.6 M☉ yr-1, for galaxies with starburst ages less than 250 Myr.
astronomy radio; galaxies starburst; galaxies: starburst; radio continuum
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