RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 25 January 2019, 14:00-14:20; CSO Common Room

Mina Pak

"Stellar populations of nine passive spiral galaxies from the CALIFA survey"

We investigate the stellar population properties of passive spiral galaxies in the CALIFA survey. Nine spiral galaxies that have NUV-r > 5 and no/weak nebular emission lines in their spectra are selected as passive spirals. They clearly lie in the domain of early-type galaxies in the WISE IR color-color diagram. We analyze the stellar populations out to one effective radius, using the best-fitting model to the measured absorption line-strength indices in the Lick/IDS system. We find that stellar populations of the passive spirals span a wide range, even in their centers, and hardly show any common trend amongst themselves either. We compare the passive spirals with S0s selected in the same mass range. S0s cover a wide range in age, metallicity, and [alpha/Fe], but stellar populations of the passive spirals are encompassed in the spread of the S0 properties. However, the distribution of passive spirals are skewed toward higher values of metallicity, lower [alpha/Fe], and younger ages at all radii. These results show that passive spirals are possibly related to S0s in their stellar populations. We infer that the diversity in the stellar populations of S0s may result from different evolutionary pathways of S0 formation, and passive spirals may be one of the possible channels.