Measuring Stellar Masses of Emission-line Galaxies at 1.2 < z < 1.9

Gautam Nagaraj, Robin Ciardullo, Alex Lawson, William P. Bowman, Greg Zeimann, Guang Yang, Caryl Gronwall

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The accurate measurement of stellar masses over a wide range of galaxy properties is essential for better constraining models of galaxy evolution. Emission-line galaxies (ELGs) tend to have better redshift estimates than continuum-selected objects, and have been shown to span a large range of physical properties, including stellar mass. Using data from the 3D-HST Treasury program, in this work, we construct a carefully vetted sample of 4350 ELGs at redshifts of 1.16 < z < 1.90. We combine the 3D-HST emission-line fluxes with far-UV through near-IR photometry, and use the MCSED spectral energy distribution fitting code to constrain the galaxies' physical parameters, such as their star-formation rate and stellar masses. Our sample is consistent with the z ∼ 2 mass-metallicity relation. More importantly, we show that there is a simple, but tight correlation between stellar mass and absolute magnitude in a near-IR filter, which should prove particularly useful in terms of the rapid calculation of accurate stellar masses for millions of galaxies in upcoming missions such as Euclid, and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number145
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 10 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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