Far-ultraviolet to FIR Spectral-energy Distribution Modeling of the Stellar Formation History of the M31 Bulge
M31 is being surveyed at far- and near-ultraviolet with the UVIT telescope on AstroSat. The central bulge of M31 was observed in the N279N (275-280 nm), N219M (200-240 nm), F172M (160-185 nm), F169M (145-175 nm), and F148W (120-180 nm) filters. These images are made publicly available here. The UVIT data are supplemented with Sloan Digital Sky Survey data in optical, Spitzer data in near-infrared and Herschel data in mid- and far-infrared. The resulting far-ultraviolet to IR spectral-energy distributions for the bulge and for 10 subregions, are modeled using combinations of simple stellar populations and with CIGALE models. We find a dominant old (10-12 Gyr) metal-rich ([Z/H] ~ 0.3) population and a younger (600 Myr) solar abundance ([Z/H] ~ 0) population throughout the bulge. For the innermost 120″ we find an additional very young (25 Myr) metal-poor ([Z/H] ~ -0.7) population. The results are consistent with the most recent stellar population studies of the bulge, which find the two populations for the whole bulge and a third young population in the innermost bulge.