Dependence Of Nebular Heavy-Element Abundance On Hi Content For Spiral Galaxies
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We analyze the galactic Hi content and nebular log(O/H) for 60 spiral galaxies in the Moustakas et al. (2006a) spectral catalog. After correcting for the mass-metallicity relationship, we show that the spirals in cluster environments show a positive correlation for log(O/H) on DEF, the galactic Hi deficiency parameter, extending the results of previous analyses of the Virgo and Pegasus I clusters. Additionally, we show for the first time that galaxies in the field obey a similar dependence. The observed relationship between Hi deficiency and galactic metallicity resembles similar trends shown by cosmological simulations of galaxy formation including inflows and outflows. These results indicate the previously observed metallicity-DEF correlation has a more universal interpretation than simply a cluster's effects on its member galaxies. Rather, we observe in all environments the stochastic effects of metal-poor infall as minor mergers and accretion help to build giant spirals.
CitationRobertson, Paul, Gregory A. Shields, Romeel Dav�, Guillermo A. Blanc, and Audrey Wright. "Dependence of nebular heavy-element abundance on HI content for spiral galaxies." The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 773, No. 1 (Aug., 2013): 4.
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