STAR FORMATION PROPERTIES IN BARRED GALAXIES. III. STATISTICAL STUDY OF BAR-DRIVEN SECULAR EVOLUTION USING A SAMPLE OF NEARBY BARRED SPIRALS

Zhi-Min Zhou, Chen Cao, Hong Wu
2014 Astronomical Journal  
Stellar bars are important internal drivers of secular evolution in disk galaxies. Using a sample of nearby spiral galaxies with weak and strong bars, we explore the relationships between the star formation feature and stellar bars in galaxies. We find that galaxies with weak bars tend to be coincide with low concentrical star formation activity, while those with strong bars show a large scatter in the distribution of star formation activity. We find enhanced star formation activity in bulges
more » ... ctivity in bulges towards stronger bars, although not predominantly, consistent with previous studies. Our results suggest that different stages of the secular process and many other factors may contribute to the complexity of the secular evolution. In addition, barred galaxies with intense star formation in bars tend to have active star formation in their bulges and disks, and bulges have higher star formation densities than bars and disks, indicating the evolutionary effects of bars. We then derived a possible criterion to quantify the different stages of bar-driven physical process, while future work is needed because of the uncertainties.
doi:10.1088/0004-6256/149/1/1 fatcat:flrkl3pxwvdspiy6xysnpmcory