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Proposal Information for 2012A-0412


PI: Christopher Haines, University of Arizona, cphaines@as.arizona.edu
Address: Steward Observatory, 933 North Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA

CoI: Ewan O'Sullivan, University of Birmingham, UK
CoI: Somak Raychaudhury, University of Birmingham, UK
CoI: Adriana Gargiulo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Italy
CoI: Luis Campusano, Universidad de Chile, Chile

Title: KPNO 0.9m H\boldmath(alpha) Imaging Survey of ``Transforming Galaxies" in Local Galaxy Groups

Abstract: We propose to use the KPNO 0.9-m telescope to obtain panoramic H(alpha) imaging of ~200 galaxies in two nearby (32, 35 Mpc) galaxy groups NGC 4261 and NGC 5353 from the CLoGS local group survey. In rich clusters ram-pressure stripping has been shown to be very effective at removing the gas contents and quenching star formation in infalling spiral galaxies. It is much less clear how galaxies are affected by the much lower ram pressures found in galaxy groups, or if other environmental processes begin to dominate. Given that >50% of galaxies in the local volume reside in groups, it is vital we gain new insights into which mechanisms drive the SFR-density relation in groups. The proposed H(alpha) imaging will allow us to resolve \em where star-formation is occuring in each galaxy. This can effectively discriminate between ram-pressure stripping characterized by truncated H(alpha) disks, the much gentler starvation mechanism which produces anemic spirals, and nuclear star-bursts triggered by low-velocity encounters which should be most frequent in groups.


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