SDSS-IV MaNGA-resolved star formation and molecular gas properties of green valley galaxies: a first look with ALMA and MaNGA

Lihwai Lin, Francesco Belfiore, Hsi-An Pan, M. S. Bothwell, Pei-Ying Hsieh, Shan Huang, Ting Xiao, Sebastián F. Sánchez, Bau-Ching Hsieh, Karen Masters, S. Ramya, Jing-Hua Lin, Chin-Hao Hsu, Cheng Li, Roberto Maiolino, Kevin Bundy, Dmitry Bizyaev, Niv Drory, Héctor Ibarra-Medel, Ivan LacernaTim Haines, Rebecca Smethurst, David V. Stark, Daniel Thomas

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We study the role of cold gas in quenching star formation in the green valley by analyzing ALMA 12CO (1–0) observations of three galaxies with resolved optical spectroscopy from the MaNGA survey. We present resolution-matched maps of the star formation rate and molecular gas mass. These data are used to calculate the star formation efficiency (SFE) and gas fraction ƒgas for these galaxies separately in the central "bulge" regions and outer disks. We find that, for the two galaxies whose global specific star formation rate (sSFR) deviates most from the star formation main sequence, the gas fraction in the bulges is significantly lower than that in their disks, supporting an "inside-out" model of galaxy quenching. For the two galaxies where SFE can be reliably determined in the central regions, the bulges and disks share similar SFEs. This suggests that a decline in ƒgas is the main driver of lowered sSFR in bulges compared to disks in green valley galaxies. Within the disks, there exist common correlations between the sSFR and SFE and between sSFR and ƒgas on kiloparsec scales—the local SFE or ƒgas in the disks declines with local sSFR. Our results support a picture in which the sSFR in bulges is primarily controlled by ƒgas, whereas both SFE and ƒgas play a role in lowering the sSFR in disks. A larger sample is required to confirm if the trend established in this work is representative of the green valley as a whole.
Original languageEnglish
Article number18
Number of pages9
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2017


  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • galaxies: evolution


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