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Title: Spitzer Observations of Star Formation in the Extreme Outer Disk of M83 (NGC5236)
Authors: Hui Dong, Daniela Calzetti, Michael Regan, David Thilker, Luciana Bianchi, Gerhardt R. Meurer, Fabian Walter

Spitzer IRAC observations of two fields in the XUV-disk of M83 have been recently obtained,3R_{HII} away from the centre of the galaxy (R_{HII)=6.6 kpc). GALEX UV images have shown the two fields to host in-situ recent star formation. The IRAC images are used in conjunction with GALEX data and new HI imaging from THINGS to constrain stellar masses and ages of the UV clumps in the fields, and to relate the local recent star formation to the reservoir of available gas. multi wavelength photometry in the UV and mid-IR bands of 136 UV clumps(spatial resolution >220pc) identified in the two target fields, together with model fitting of the stellar UV-MIR SED, suggest that the clumps cover a range of ages between a few Myr and >1Gyr with a median value around <100Myr,and have masses in the range 10^3-3*10^6M, with a peak ~10^4.7M.The range of observed ages, for which only a small fraction of the mass in stars appears to have formed in the past ~10Myr, agrees with the dearth of Ha emission observed in these outer fields. At the location of our IRAC fields, the HI map shows localized enhancement and clumping of atomic gas. A comparison of the observed star formation with the gas reservoir shows that the UV clumps follow the Schmidt--Kennicutt scaling law of star formation, and that star formation is occurring in regions with gas densities at approximately (within a factor of a few) the critical density value de -rived according to the Toomre Q gravitational stability criterion. The significant 8 micron excess in several of the clumps (16% of the total by number accounting for ~67% of the 8 micron flux)) provides evidence for the existence of dust in these remote fields, in agreement with results for other galaxies. Furthermore, we observe a relatively small excess of emission at 4.5 micron in the clumps...

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