On the Star Formation Properties of Void Galaxies. Moorman, C., M., Moreno, J., White, A., Vogeley, M., S., Hoyle, F., Giovanelli, R., & Haynes, M., P. 2016.
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We measure the star formation properties of two large samples of galaxies from the SDSS in large-scale cosmic voids on time scales of 10 Myr and 100 Myr, using H$\alpha$ emission line strengths and GALEX FUV fluxes, respectively. The first sample consists of 109,818 optically selected galaxies. We find that void galaxies in this sample have higher specific star formation rates (SSFRs; star formation rates per unit stellar mass) than similar stellar mass galaxies in denser regions. The second sample is a subset of the optically selected sample containing 8070 galaxies with reliable HI detections from ALFALFA. For the full HI detected sample, SSFRs do not vary systematically with large-scale environment. However, investigating only the HI detected dwarf galaxies reveals a trend towards higher SSFRs in voids. Furthermore, we estimate the star formation rate per unit HI mass (known as the star formation efficiency; SFE) of a galaxy, as a function of environment. For the overall HI detected population, we notice no environmental dependence. Limiting the sample to dwarf galaxies again reveals a trend towards higher SFEs in voids. These results suggest that void environments provide a nurturing environment for dwarf galaxy evolution allowing for higher specific star formation rates and efficiencies.
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 author = {Moorman, Crystal M. and Moreno, Jackeline and White, Amanda and Vogeley, Michael S. and Hoyle, Fiona and Giovanelli, Riccardo and Haynes, Martha P.}
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