On the origin of the luminosity - metallicity relation for late-type galaxies

Abstract

We consider the roles of two widely invoked mechanisms for the metallicity-luminosity correlation among late-type galaxies: higher astration level and decreasing efficiency of heavy-element loss with increasing luminosity. We find that both mechanisms contribute about equally to the range in oxygen abundance between low (logLB ∼ 8) and high (logLB ∼ 10.5) luminosity galaxies. We also consider the transition from spirals to irregulars, finding that both the oxygen abundance deficiency (indicating the degree of mass exchange between a galaxy and its environment) and the gas fraction vary smoothly along the sequence. Thus we find no ”irregular versus spiral dichotomy”.

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@inproceedings{Ferrini1999OnTO, title={On the origin of the luminosity - metallicity relation for late-type galaxies}, author={Francesca Ferrini}, year={1999} }