An improved method for determining the integrated properties of nuclear rings

NGC 1512

Chao Ma, Richard De Grijs, Luis C. Ho

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The integrated properties of nuclear rings are correlated with the secular evolution and dynamics of the host galaxies of the rings, as well as with the formation and evolution of the rings' star cluster population(s). Here we present a new method to accurately measure the spectral energy distribution and current star formation rate (SFR) of the nuclear ring in the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512, based on high-resolution Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescope images. Image degradation does not have a significant negative effect on the robustness of the results. To obtain the ring's SFR for the period spanning ∼3-10 Myr, we apply our method to the continuum-subtracted Hα and 8 μm images. The resulting SFR surface density, ∑SFR = 00.9 Myr-1 kpc-2, is much higher than the disk-Averaged SFR densities in normal galaxies. We also estimate the ring's total stellar mass, log (M/M) = 7.1 ± 0.11, for an average age of ~40 Myr.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: fundamental parameters
  • galaxies: individual (NGC 1512)
  • galaxies: star formation
  • methods: observational

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