MASS-METALLICITY RELATION for LOCAL ANALOGS of HIGH-REDSHIFT GALAXIES: IMPLICATIONS for the EVOLUTION of the MASS-METALLICITY RELATIONS

Fuyan Bian, Lisa J. Kewley, Michael A. Dopita, Guillermo A. Blanc

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    Abstract

    We revisit the evolution of the massmetallicity relation of low- and high-redshift galaxies by using a sample of local analogs of high-redshift galaxies. These analogs share the same location of the UV-selected star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 2 on the [O III]λ5007/Hβ versus [N II]λ6584/Hα nebular emission-line diagnostic (or BPT) diagram. Their physical properties closely resemble those in z ∼ 2 UV-selected star-forming galaxies being characterized, in particular, by high ionization parameters (logq ≈ 7.9) and high electron densities (ne ≈ 100 cm-3). With the full set of well-detected rest-frame optical diagnostic lines, we measure the gasphase oxygen abundance in the SDSS galaxies and these local analogs using the empirical relations and the photoionization models. We find that the metallicity difference between the SDSS galaxies and our local analogs in the 8.5 < log(M M) < 9.0 stellar mass bin varies from ?0.09 to 0.39 dex, depending on strong-line metallicity measurement methods. Due to this discrepancy, the evolution of mass-metallicity should be used to compare with the cosmological simulations with caution. We use the [S II]/Hα and [O I]/Hα BPT diagram to reduce the potential AGN and shock contamination in our local analogs. We find that the AGN/shock influences are negligible on the metallicity estimation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number51
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Volume834
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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