GASP. XX. From the loose spatially-resolved to the tight global SFR-Mass relation in local spiral galaxies

Benedetta Vulcani, Bianca M. Poggianti, Alessia Moretti, Andrea Franchetto, Marco Gullieuszik, Jacopo Fritz, Daniela Bettoni, Stephanie Tonnesen, Mario Radovich, Yara L. Jaffe, Sean McGee, Callum Bellhouse, Giovanni Fasano

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Exploiting the sample of 30 local star-forming, undisturbed late-type galaxies in different environments drawn from the GAs Stripping Phenomena in galaxies with MUSE (GASP), we investigate the spatially resolved Star Formation Rate-Mass ({\Sigma}SFR-{\Sigma}_star) relation. Our analysis includes also the galaxy outskirts (up to >4 effective radii, re), a regime poorly explored by other Integral Field Spectrograph surveys. Our observational strategy allows us to detect H{\alpha} out to more than 2.7re for 75% of the sample. Considering all galaxies together, the correlation between the {\Sigma}SFR and {\Sigma}_star is quite broad, with a scatter of 0.3 dex. It gets steeper and shifts to higher {\Sigma}_star values when external spaxels are excluded and moving from less to more massive galaxies. The broadness of the overall relation suggests galaxy-by-galaxy variations. Indeed, each object is characterized by a distinct {\Sigma}SFR-{\Sigma}_star relation and in some cases the correlation is very loose. The scatter of the relation mainly arises from the existence of bright off-center star-forming knots whose {\Sigma}SFR-{\Sigma}_star relation is systematically broader than that of the diffuse component. The {\Sigma}SFR-{\Sigma}tot gas (total gas surface density) relation is as broad as the {\Sigma}SFR-{\Sigma}_star relation, indicating that the surface gas density is not a primary driver of the relation. Even though a large galaxy-by-galaxy variation exists, mean {\Sigma}SFR and {\Sigma}_star values vary of at most 0.7 dex across galaxies. We investigate the relationship between the local and global SFR-M_star relation, finding that the latter is driven by the existence of the size-mass relation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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MNRAS in press, 19 pages, 14 figures


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