The Observed Relation between Stellar Mass, Dust Extinction and Star Formation Rate in Local Galaxies

H. Jabran Zahid, Robert M. Yates, Lisa J. Kewley, Rolf-Peter Kudritzki

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In this study we investigate the relation between stellar mass, dust extinction and star formation rate (SFR) using ~150,000 star-forming galaxies from the SDSS DR7. We show that the relation between dust extinction and SFR changes with stellar mass. For galaxies at the same stellar mass dust extinction is anti-correlated with the SFR at stellar masses 10^10 M_solar is shown to extend to the population of quiescent galaxies suggesting that the physical processes responsible for the observed relation between stellar mass, dust extinction and SFR may be related to the processes leading to the shut down of star formation in galaxies.
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JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


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