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Title: H  i content of massive red spiral galaxies observed by FAST

A sample of 279 massive red spirals was selected optically by Guo et al., among which 166 galaxies have been observed by the ALFALFA survey. In this work, we observe H i content of the rest 113 massive red spiral galaxies using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST). 75 of the 113 galaxies have H i detection with a signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) greater than 4.7. Compared with the red spirals in the same sample that have been observed by the ALFALFA survey, galaxies observed by FAST have on average a higher S/N, and reach to a lower H i mass. To investigate why many red spirals contain a significant amount of H i mass, we check colour profiles of the massive red spirals using images observed by the DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys. We find that galaxies with H i detection have bluer outer discs than the galaxies without H i detection, for both ALFALFA and FAST samples. For galaxies with H i detection, there exists a clear correlation between galaxy H i mass and g-r colour at outer radius: galaxies with higher H i masses have bluer outer discs. The results indicate that optically selected massive red spirals are not fully quenched, and the H i gas observed in many of the galaxies may exist in their outer blue discs.

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Oxford University Press
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Page Range / eLocation ID:
p. 2337-2347
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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