EMU/GAMA: Radio detected galaxies are more obscured than optically selected galaxies

U. T. Ahmed, A. M. Hopkins, J. Ware, Y. A. Gordon, M. Bilicki, M. J. I. Brown, M. Cluver, G. Gürkan, Á. R. López-Sánchez, D. A. Leahy, L. Marchetti, S. Phillipps, I. Prandoni, N. Seymour, E. N. Taylor, E. Vardoulaki

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Abstract

We demonstrate the importance of radio selection in probing heavily obscured galaxy populations. We combine Evolutionary Map of the Universe (EMU) Early Science data in the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) G23 field with the GAMA data, providing optical photometry and spectral line measurements, together with Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) infrared (IR) photometry, providing IR luminosities and colours. We investigate the degree of obscuration in star forming galaxies, based on the Balmer decrement (BD), and explore how this trend varies, over a redshift range of 0<z<0.345. We demonstrate that the radio detected population has on average higher levels of obscuration than the parent optical sample, arising through missing the lowest BD and lowest mass galaxies, which are also the lower star formation rate (SFR) and metallicity systems. We discuss possible explanations for this result, including speculation around whether it might arise from steeper stellar initial mass functions in low mass, low SFR galaxies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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