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  • Isabella Lamperti
  • Amélie Saintonge
  • Ilse De Looze
  • Gioacchino Accurso
  • Christopher J. R. Clark
  • Matthew W. L. Smith
  • Christine D. Wilson
  • Toby Brown
  • Martin Bureau
  • David L. Clements
  • Stephen Eales
  • David H. W. Glass
  • Ho Seong Hwang
  • Jong Chul Lee
  • Lihwai Lin
  • Michal J. Michalowski
  • Mark Sargent
  • Thomas G. Williams
  • Ting Xiao
  • Chentao Yang
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
Pages (from-to)4389–4417
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal publication date21 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2019


We study the dust properties of 192 nearby galaxies from the JINGLE survey using photometric data in the 22-850micron range. We derive the total dust mass, temperature T and emissivity index beta of the galaxies through the fitting of their spectral energy distribution (SED) using a single modified black-body model (SMBB). We apply a hierarchical Bayesian approach that reduces the known degeneracy between T and beta. Applying the hierarchical approach, the strength of the T-beta anti-correlation is reduced from a Pearson correlation coefficient R=-0.79 to R=-0.52. For the JINGLE galaxies we measure dust temperatures in the range 17-30 K and dust emissivity indices beta in the range 0.6-2.2. We compare the SMBB model with the broken emissivity modified black-body (BMBB) and the two modified black-bodies (TMBB) models. The results derived with the SMBB and TMBB are in good agreement, thus applying the SMBB, which comes with fewer free parameters, does not penalize the measurement of the cold dust properties in the JINGLE sample. We investigate the relation between T and beta and other global galaxy properties in the JINGLE and Herschel Reference Survey (HRS) sample. We find that beta correlates with the stellar mass surface density (R=0.62) and anti-correlates with the HI mass fraction (M(HI)/M*, R=-0.65), whereas the dust temperature correlates strongly with the SFR normalized by the dust mass (R=0.73). These relations can be used to estimate T and beta in galaxies with insufficient photometric data available to measure them directly through SED fitting.


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