Star formation properties of isolated blue compact galaxies

A. Zitrin, N. Brosch, B. Bilenko

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We report Hα observations of a sample of very isolated blue compact galaxies (BCGs) located in the direction of large cosmic voids obtained to understand their stellar population compositions, the present star formation (SF) properties and their SF histories (SFHs). Our observations were combined with photometric data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and near-infrared data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), wherever such data were available. The combined data sets were compared with predictions of evolutionary synthesis models by Bruzual & Charlot. Current SF rates (SFRs) were determined from the Hα measurements, and simplified SFHs were derived from broad-band and Hα photometry and comparisons with the models. We found that the SFRs range within 0.1-1.0 M yr-1, with a median rate of 0.6 M yr-1. The observed galaxy colours are better explained by the combination of a continuous SF process with a recent instantaneous SF burst, than by a combination of several instantaneous bursts, as has been suggested previously. We compare our results for the SFR of the sample galaxies with that of samples of dwarf galaxies (DGs) in the Virgo cluster (VC) and find that the BCGs have significantly stronger SFRs. The BCGs follow the correlation between Hα emission and starlight found for DGs in the VC and for other BCGs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-933
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: formation
  • Galaxies: peculiar
  • Galaxies: starburst


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