S319.3.07 — Spatially resolved Hα maps of 2000 galaxies at z~1: Evidence for the inside-out formation of disk galaxies

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Aug 11th at 5:45 PM until 6:00 PM

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Author(s): Erica June Nelson5, Pieter van Dokkum5, Natascha M. Foerster Schreiber3, Marijn Franx2, Ivelina Momcheva5, Gabriel Brammer4, Katherine Whitaker1

Institution(s): 1. Goddard Space Center, 2. Leiden Observatory, 3. Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physi, 4. Space Telescope Science Institute, 5. Yale University

Imaging surveys with HST have demonstrated that many galaxies attained their current forms at z~1. Key to understanding this process is a direct measurement of the distribution of star formation within galaxies at this crucial epoch. This is now possible with the WFC3 grism capability on HST, as it provides Hα maps of all galaxies at 0.7< z <1.5 in its field of view. Using Hα maps for ~2000 galaxies, we show where star formation is distributed in galaxies across the star formation - mass plane (the “main sequence”). We find that Hα is always distributed in exponential disks, and that the disk scale length of Hα is larger than that of the stellar continuum emission. This is a direct demonstration that galaxies at this epoch grow inside-out. In galaxies with higher than average star formation rates, Hα is enhanced throughout the disk; similarly, in galaxies with low star formation rates Hα is depressed throughout the disk. We discuss these results in the context of several proposed mechanisms for enhancing and quenching star formation. We also show first results of the spatial distribution of star formation at z~2-3.