Résumé / Abstract Seminaire_IAP
« The faint end of the HI mass function »

John Cannon
Departement of Physics and Astronomy, Malacaster College (Saint Paul, Minnesota, Etats-Unis d'Amérique)

The ALFALFA blind extragalactic HI survey has cataloged tens of thousands of gas-rich galaxies in the local universe and has populated the faint end of the HI mass function with statistical confidence for the first time. In this talk I will present results from comprehensive follow-up observing campaigns designed to study the low-redshift, low-mass, gas-rich population discovered by ALFALFA. The centerpiece of this effort is the Survey of HI in Extremely Low-mass Dwarfs (SHIELD), an ongoing multi-wavelength investigation of the properties of 82 extremely low-mass galaxies selected from the complete ALFALFA catalog. I will also discuss results from parallel ongoing observing programs that explore more exotic low-mass objects, including "ultra compact high velocity clouds" (HI clouds with structural parameters that match those of gas-bearing "mini-halos" if located within ~1 Mpc), candidate "dark galaxies" (systems with extreme hydrogen mass to stellar light ratios), and targeted studies of individual sources of interest (including two of the most metal-poor galaxies known in the universe). Taken as a whole, these observing programs are furthering our understanding of the continuum of galaxy properties in the low-mass regime.
vendredi 5 mai 2017 - 11:00
Amphithéâtre Henri Mineur, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
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