Spectral Energy Distribution fitting: Application to Lyα-emitting galaxies

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Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) fitting is a well-developed astrophysical tool that has recently been applied to high-redshift Lyα-emitting galaxies. If rest-frame ultraviolet through near-infrared photometry is available, it allows the simultaneous determination of the star formation history and dust extinction of a galaxy. Lyα-emitter SED fitting results from the literature find star formation rates ∼3 Mȯ yr-1, stellar masses ∼109 Mȯ for the general population but ∼1010 Mȯ for the subset detected by IRAC, and very low dust extinction, AV ≤ 0.3, although a couple of outlying analyses prefer significantly more dust and higher intrinsic star formation rates. A checklist of 14 critical choices that must be made when performing SED fitting is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Galaxy formation
  • Protogalaxies
  • Star formation
  • Starburst galaxies
  • Stellar populations

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