ITC Seminar - Ryan Sanders (UCLA)


Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


"Galaxy metallicity measurements at high redshift: probing galaxy growth over the past 12 billion years"    


The scaling of galaxy gas-phase metallicity with stellar mass and star-formation rate is a sensitive probe of the cycle of baryons and galaxy growth.  Characterizing the redshift evolution of these metallicity scaling relations provides a way to assess whether key processes governing galaxy growth (gas inflows, outflows, and star formation) proceed similarly throughout cosmic history.  Accurately determining metallicity at high redshifts (z>1) is crucial to this approach, but the translation between strong emission-line ratios and metallicity is non-trivial.  I will discuss the issues surrounding metallicity measurements at high redshifts, and detail the progress that has been made in this area using direct-method metallicities based on electron temperature measurements at z~1-3.  I will present the mass-metallicity relation and fundamental metallicity relation (i.e., mass-SFR-metallicity) at z~2-3 based on both direct-method and strong-line ratio metallicities, and discuss the implications for baryon cycling.

See also: Seminars, 2019 - 20