Extinction-corrected star formation rates empirically derived from ultraviolet-optical colors

Marie Treyer, David Schiminovich, Ben Johnson, Mark Seibert, Ted Wyder, Tom A. Barlow, Tim Conrow, Karl Forster, Peter G. Friedman, D. Christopher Martin, Patrick Morrissey, Susan G. Neff, Todd Small, Luciana Bianchi, José Donas, Timothy M. Heckman, Young Wook Lee, Barry F. Madore, Bruno Milliard, R. Michael RichAlex S. Szalay, Barry Y. Welsh, Sukyoung K. Yi

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Using a sample of galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectroscopic catalog with measured star formation rates (SFRs) and ultraviolet (UV) photometry from the GALEX Medium Imaging Survey, we derived empirical linear correlations between the SFR to UV luminosity ratio and the UV-optical colors of blue-sequence galaxies. The relations provide a simple prescription to correct UV data for dust attenuation that best reconciles the SFRs derived from UV and emission-line data. The method breaks down for the red-sequence population as well as for very blue galaxies such as the local "supercompact" UV luminous galaxies and the majority of high-redshift Lyman break galaxies, which form a low-attenuation sequence of their own.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-266
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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