Metallicity and Age of the Stellar Stream Around the Disk Galaxy NGC 5907The Astronomical Journal (2016)
Stellar streams have become central to studies of the interaction histories of nearby galaxies. To characterize the most prominent parts of the stellar stream around the well-known nearby (d = 17 Mpc) edge-on disk galaxy NGC 5907, we have obtained and analyzed new, deep gri Subaru/Suprime-Cam and 3.6 μm Spitzer/Infrared Array Camera observations. Combining the near-infrared 3.6 μm data with visible-light images allows us to use a long wavelength baseline to estimate the metallicity and age of the stellar population along an ~60 kpc long segment of the stream. We have fitted the stellar spectral energy distribution with a single-burst stellar population synthesis model and we use it to distinguish between the proposed satellite accretion and minor/major merger formation models of the stellar stream around this galaxy. We conclude that a massive minor merger (stellar mass ratio of at least 1:8) can best account for the metallicity of −0.3 inferred along the brightest parts of the stream.
- galaxies: evolution,
- galaxies: interactions,
- galaxies: structure
Publication DateSeptember 6, 2016
Citation InformationSeppo Laine, Carl J. Grillmair, Peter Capak, Richard G. Arendt, et al.. "Metallicity and Age of the Stellar Stream Around the Disk Galaxy NGC 5907" The Astronomical Journal Vol. 152 Iss. 3 (2016) ISSN: 1538-3881
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/aaron_romanowsky/102/