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19th of July 2017
ATNF Colloquium
Needles in a Haystack: "Almost Dark" Galaxies in the ALFALFA Survey
by Luke Leisman (Cornell)
Abstract. Scaling relations between atomic hydrogen and stars in galaxies suggest strong ties between their atomic gas content and star formation laws. The Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) blind extragalactic HI survey is well positioned to locate very low surface brightness sources that lie off these relations, the most extreme of which may fall below optical detection limits. Thus, the ALFALFA (Almost) Darks Project has been investigating extreme outliers from these relations, searching for sources with highly suppressed star formation laws. This talk will present results from this project, including an isolated population of gas-rich galaxies with stellar masses of dwarfs, but optical radii similar to the Milky Way, and will explore what these sources teach us about the suppression of star formation in galaxies.

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