ISOLATING the YOUNG STELLAR POPULATION in the OUTER DISK of NGC 300

Tristan J. Hillis, Benjamin F. Williams, Andrew E. Dolphin, Julianne J. Dalcanton, Evan D. Skillman

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Abstract

The recent star formation history (SFH) in the outer disk of NGC 300 is presented through the analysis of color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs). We analyze resolved stellar photometry by creating CMDs from four Hubble Space Telescope fields containing a combination of images from the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the UVIS imager aboard the Wide Field Camera 3. From the best models of these CMDs, we derive the SFH in order to extract the young stellar component for the past 200 Myr. We find that the young stellar disk of NGC 300 is unbroken out to at least ∼8 scale lengths (including an upper limit out to ∼10 scale lengths) with , which is similar to the total stellar surface brightness profile. This unbroken profile suggests that NGC 300 is undisturbed, similar to the isolated disk galaxy NGC 2403. We compare the environments of NGC 300, NGC 2403, and M33 along with the properties of the gas and stellar disks. We find that the disturbed H i outer disk morphology is not accompanied by a break in the young stellar disk. This may indicate that processes which affect the outer H i morphology may not leave an imprint on the young stellar disk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number191
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume831
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 10 2016

Keywords

  • galaxies: individual (NGC 300)
  • galaxies: spiral
  • galaxies: stellar content
  • galaxies: structure

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