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      The Void Galaxy Survey: Morphology and Star Formation Properties of Void Galaxies

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          We present the structural and star formation properties of 59 void galaxies as part of the Void Galaxy Survey (VGS). Our aim is to study in detail the physical properties of these void galaxies and study the effect of the void environment on galaxy properties. We use Spitzer 3.6 \(\rm{\mu m}\) and B-band imaging to study the morphology and color of the VGS galaxies. For their star formation properties, we use Halpha and GALEX near-UV imaging. We compare our results to a range of galaxies of different morphologies in higher density environments. We find that the VGS galaxies are in general disk dominated and star forming galaxies. Their star formation rates are, however, often less than 1 \(\rm{M_{\odot}}\) \(\rm{yr^{-1}}\). There are two early-type galaxies in our sample as well. In \(\rm{r_{e}}\) versus \(\rm{M_{B}}\) parameter space, VGS galaxies occupy the same space as dwarf irregulars and spirals.

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          The JCMT Nearby Galaxies Legacy Survey VII: H\alpha{} imaging and massive star formation properties

          We present H\alpha{} fluxes, star formation rates (SFRs) and equivalent widths (EWs) for a sample of 156 nearby galaxies observed in the 12CO J=3-2 line as part of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Nearby Galaxies Legacy Survey. These are derived from images and values in the literature and from new H\alpha{} images for 72 galaxies which we publish here. We describe the sample, observations and procedures to extract the H\alpha{} fluxes and related quantities. We discuss the SFR properties of our sample and confirm the well-known correlation with galaxy luminosity, albeit with high dispersion. Our SFRs range from 0.1 to 11 Msun yr-1 with a median SFR value for the complete sample of 0.2 Msun yr-1. This median values is somewhat lower than similar published measurements, which we attribute, in part, to our sample being HI-selected and, thus, not biased towards high SFRs as has frequently been the case in previous studies. Additionally, we calculate internal absorptions for the H\alpha{} line, A(H\alpha{}), which are lower than many of those used in previous studies. Our derived EWs, which range from 1 to 880\AA{} with a median value of 27\AA{}, show little dependence with luminosity but rise by a factor of five from early- to late-type galaxies. This paper is the first in a series aimed at comparing SFRs obtained from H\alpha{} imaging of galaxies with information derived from other tracers of star formation and atomic and molecular gas.
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            1501.02577

            Cosmology & Extragalactic astrophysics, Galaxy astrophysics

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