The MOSFIRE Deep Evolution Field Survey: Implications of the Lack of Evolution in the Dust Attenuation-Mass Relation to z ∼2
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CitationShapley, A. E., Sanders, R. L., Salim, S., Reddy, N. A., Kriek, M., Mobasher, B., Coil, A. L., Siana, B., Price, S. H., Shivaei, I., Dunlop, J. S., McLure, R. J., & Cullen, F. (2022). The MOSFIRE Deep Evolution Field Survey: Implications of the Lack of Evolution in the Dust Attenuation-Mass Relation to z ∼2. Astrophysical Journal.
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AbstractWe investigate the relationship between dust attenuation and stellar mass (M ∗) in star-forming galaxies over cosmic time. For this analysis, we compare measurements from the MOSFIRE Deep Evolution Field survey at z ∼2.3 and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) at z ∼0, augmenting the latter optical data set with both UV Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) and mid-infrared Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) photometry from the GALEX-SDSS-WISE Catalog. We quantify dust attenuation using both spectroscopic measurements of Hα and Hβ emission lines, and photometric measurements of the rest-UV stellar continuum. The Hα/Hβ ratio is used to determine the magnitude of attenuation at the wavelength of Hα, A Hα . Rest-UV colors and spectral energy distribution fitting are used to estimate A 1600, the magnitude of attenuation at a rest wavelength of 1600 Å. As in previous work, we find a lack of significant evolution in the relation between dust attenuation and M ∗ over the redshift range z ∼0 to z ∼2.3. Folding in the latest estimates of the evolution of M dust, (M dust/M gas), and gas surface density at fixed M ∗, we find that the expected M dust and dust mass surface density are both significantly higher at z ∼2.3 than at z ∼0. These differences appear at odds with the lack of evolution in dust attenuation. To explain the striking constancy in attenuation versus M ∗, it is essential to determine the relationship between metallicity and (M dust/M gas), the dust mass absorption coefficient and dust geometry, and the evolution of these relations and quantities from z ∼0 to z ∼2.3. © 2022. The Author(s). Published by the American Astronomical Society.
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