Adam K Leroy

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We present the first comparative study of extragalactic GMCs using complete data sets for entire galaxies and a uniform set of reduction and analysis techniques. We present results based on CO observations for the LMC, SMC, M33, M31, IC10 and the nucleus of M64, and make comparisons with archival Milky Way observations. Our sample includes large spirals and(More)
We derive rotation curves for four nearby, low-mass spiral galaxies and use them to constrain the shapes of their dark matter density profiles. This analysis is based on high-resolution two-dimensional Hα velocity fields of NGC 4605, NGC 5949, NGC 5963, and NGC 6689 and CO velocity fields of NGC 4605 and NGC 5963. In combination with our previous study of(More)
We present ∼kiloparsec (kpc) spatial resolution maps of the CO-to-H 2 conversion factor (α CO) and dust-togas ratio (DGR) in 26 nearby, star-forming galaxies. We have simultaneously solved for α CO and DGR by assuming that the DGR is approximately constant on kpc scales. With this assumption, we can combine maps of dust mass surface density, CO integrated(More)
The under-abundance of very massive galaxies in the Universe is frequently attributed to the effect of galactic winds. Although ionized galactic winds are readily observable, most of the expelled mass (that is, the total mass flowing out from the nuclear region) is likely to be in atomic and molecular phases that are cooler than the ionized phases.(More)
Giant molecular clouds (GMCs) are the major reservoirs of molecular gas in galaxies , and the starting point for star formation. As such, their properties play a key role in setting the initial conditions for the formation of stars. We present a comprehensive combined inteferometric/single-dish study of the resolved GMC properties in a number of(More)
We present a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between star formation rate surface density, Σ SFR , and gas surface density, Σ gas , at sub–kpc resolution in a sample of 18 nearby galaxies. We use high resolution H i data from THINGS, CO data from HERACLES and BIMA SONG, 24 µm data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and UV data from GALEX. We target(More)
We combine new sensitive, wide-field CO data from the HERACLES survey with ultraviolet and infrared data from GALEX and Spitzer to compare the surface densities of H 2 , Σ H2 , and the recent star formation rate, Σ SFR , over many thousands of positions in 30 nearby disk galaxies. We more than quadruple the size of the galaxy sample compared to previous(More)
We have obtained two-dimensional velocity fields of the dwarf spiral galaxy NGC 2976 in Hα and CO. The high spatial (∼ 75 pc) and spectral (13 km s −1 and 2 km s −1 , respectively) resolution of these observations, along with our multicolor optical and near-infrared imaging, allow us to measure the shape of the density profile of the dark matter halo with(More)
We present the HERA CO–Line Extragalactic Survey (HERACLES), an atlas of CO emission from 18 nearby galaxies that are also part of The H I Nearby Galaxy Survey (THINGS) and the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS). We used the HERA multi-pixel receiver on the IRAM 30-m telescope to map the CO J = 2 → 1 line over the full optical disk (defined by(More)
We use the Expanded Very Large Array to image radio continuum emission from local luminous and ultraluminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs and ULIRGs) in 1 GHz windows centered at 4.7, 7.2, 29, and 36 GHz. This allows us to probe the integrated radio spectral energy distribution (SED) of the most energetic galaxies in the local universe. The 4–8 GHz flux(More)