Stellar Masses of Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies at Redshifts z = 0 . 4 −

Abstract

We present stellar mass measurements for a sample of 36 Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies (LCBGs) at redshifts z = 0.4-1.2 in the Flanking Fields around the Hubble Deep Field North. The technique is based on fitting a two-component galaxy population model to multi-broadband photometry. Best-fit models are found to be largely independent on the assumed values for the IMF and the metallicity of the stellar populations, but are sensitive to the amount of extinction and the extinction law adopted. On average, the best-fit model corresponds to a LMC extinction law with E(B-V)=0.5. Stellar mass estimates, however, are remarkably independent on the final model choice. Using a Salpeter IMF, the derived median stellar mass for this sample is 5 × 109 M⊙, i.e., ∼2 times smaller than previous virial mass estimates. Despite uncertainties of a factor 2-3, our results strengthen prior claims that L CBGs at intermediate redshifts are, on average, about 10 times less massive than a typical L galaxy today. Subject headings: galaxies: starbursts — galaxies: masses, evolution

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@inproceedings{Guzman2003StellarMO, title={Stellar Masses of Luminous Compact Blue Galaxies at Redshifts z = 0 . 4 −}, author={Rafael Guzman and G . {\"{O}stlin and Daniel Kunth and Matthew A. Bershady and David C . Koo and Michael A . Pahre}, year={2003} }