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Stellar Populations in type Ia supernova host galaxies at intermediate-high redshift: Star formation and metallicity enrichment histories

I. Millán-Irigoyen, M. G. del Valle-Espinosa, R. Fernández-Aranda, L. Galbany, J. M. Gomes, M. Moreno-Raya, Á. R. López-Sánchez, M. Mollá

We present a summary of our project that studies galaxies hosting type Ia supernova (SN Ia) at different redshifts. We present Gran Telescopio de Canarias (GTC) optical spectroscopy of six SN Ia host galaxies at redshift z ∼ 0.4–0.5. They are joined to a set of SN Ia host galaxies at intermediate-high redshift, which include galaxies from surveys SDSS and COSMOS. The final sample, after a selection of galaxy spectra in terms of signal-to-noise and other characteristics, consists of 680 galaxies with redshift in the range 0.04 < z < 1. We perform an inverse stellar population synthesis with the code fado to estimate the star formation and enrichment histories of this set of galaxies, simultaneously obtaining their mean stellar age and metallicity and stellar mass. After analysing the correlations among these characteristics, we look for possible dependencies of the Hubble diagram residuals and supernova features (luminosity, colour and strength parameter) on these stellar parameters. We find that the Hubble residuals show a clear dependence on the stellar metallicity weighted by mass with a slope of −0.061 mag dex−1, when represented in logarithmic scale, log ⟨ZM/Z⟩. This result supports our previous findings obtained from gas oxygen abundances for local and SDSS-survey galaxies. Comparing with other works from the literature that also use the stellar metallicity, we find a similar value, but with more precision and a better significance (2.08 versus ∼ 1.1), due to the higher number of objects and wider range of redshift of our sample.

galaxies: evolution, galaxies: formation

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume 517, Issue 3, Page 3312
2022 December

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia