The evolution of the stellar populations in low surface brightness galaxies

LB van den Hoek, WJG de Blok*, JM van der Hulst, T de Jong

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We investigate the star formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness (LSB) disk galaxies by modelling their observed spectro-photometric and chemical properties using a galactic chemical and photometric evolution model incorporating a detailed metallicity dependent set of stellar input data. For a large fraction of the LSB galaxies in our sample, observed properties are best explained by models incorporating an exponentially decreasing global star formation rate (SFR) ending at a present-day gas fraction M-gas/(M-gas + M-stars) = 0.5 for a galaxy age of 14 Gyr. For some galaxies small amplitude star formation bursts are required to explain the contribution of the young (5-50 Myr old) stellar population to the galaxy integrated luminosity. This suggests that star formation has proceeded in a stochastic manner.

The presence of an old stellar population in many late-type LSB galaxies suggests that LSB galaxies roughly follow the same evolutionary history as HSB galaxies, except nl a much lower rate. In particular, our results imply that LSB galaxies do not form late, nor have a delayed onset of star formation, but simply evolve slowly.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)397-413
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftAstronomy & astrophysics
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - mei-2000

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