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A photometrically and spectroscopically confirmed population of passive spiral galaxies

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  • Amelia Fraser-McKelvie
  • Michael J. I. Brown
  • Kevin A. Pimbblet
  • Tim Dolley
  • Jacob P. Crossett
  • Dr Nicolas Bonne

We have identified a population of passive spiral galaxies from photometry and integral field spectroscopy.We selectedz<0.035 spiral galaxies that have WISE colours consistent with little mid-infrared emission from warm dust. Matched aperture photometry of 51 spiral galaxies in ultraviolet, optical and mid-infrared show these galaxies have colours consistent with passive galaxies. Six galaxies form a spectroscopic pilot study and were observed using theWide-Field Spectrograph to check for signs of nebular emission from star formation.We see no evidence of substantial nebular emission found in previous red spiral samples. These six galaxies possess absorption-line spectra with 4000Å breaks consistent with an average luminosity-weighted age of 2.3 Gyr. Our photometric and integral field spectroscopic observations confirm the existence of a population of local passive spiral galaxies, implying that transformation into early-type morphologies is not required for the quenching of star formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L11-L15
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
Issue number1
Early online date15 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2016


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