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Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 2018MNRAS.474.3101J Star formation suppression and bar ages in nearby barred galaxies James, P. A.; Percival, S. M. Abstract. We present new spectroscopic data for 21 barred spiral galaxies, which we use to explore the effect of bars on disc star formation, and to place constraints on the characteristic lifetimes of bar episodes. The analysis centres on regions of heavily suppressed star formation activity, which we term 'star formation deserts'. Long-slit optical spectroscopy is used to determine H beta absorption strengths in these desert regions, and comparisons with theoretical stellar population models are used to determine the time since the last significant star formation activity, and hence the ages of the bars. We find typical ages of ~1 Gyr, but with a broad range, much larger than would be expected from measurement errors alone, extending from ~0.25 to >4 Gyr. Low-level residual star formation, or mixing of stars from outside the 'desert' regions, could result in a doubling of these age estimates. The relatively young ages of the underlying populations coupled with the strong limits on the current star formation rule out a gradual exponential decline in activity, and hence support our assumption of an abrupt truncation event. Key words: Galaxies: spiral, galaxies: stellar content, galaxies: structure
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