We analyze the star formation properties of a sample of 21 shell galaxies and 30 early-type galaxies members of interacting pairs, located in low density environments (Longhetti et al. 1998a, 1998b). The study is based on new models developed to interpret the information coming from 'blue' H delta/FeI, H+K(CaII) and Delta 4000 line-strength indices proposed by Rose (1984; 1985) and Hamilton (1985). We find that the last star forming event that occurred in the nuclear region of shell galaxies is statistically old (from 0.1 up to several Gyr) with respect to the corresponding one in the sub-sample of pair galaxies (< 0.1 Gyr or even ongoing star formation). If the stellar activity is somehow related to the formation of shells, as predicted by several dynamical models of galaxy interaction, shells have to be considered long lasting structures. Since pair members show evidence of very recent star formation, we suggest that either large reservoirs of gas have to be present to maintain active star formation, if these galaxies are on periodic orbits, or most of the pair members in the present sample are experiencing unbound encounters.
|Titolo:||Star formation history of early-type galaxies in low density environments V. Blue line-strength indices for the nuclear region|
|Autori:||Longhetti M; Bressan A; Chiosi C; Rampazzo R|
|Rivista:||ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1999|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|