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Stellar dynamics of blue compact galaxies. II. Further indications of a merger in ESO 338-IG04

Robert J. Cumming (Institutionen för radio- och rymdvetenskap) ; K. Fathi ; G. Östlin ; T. Marquart ; I. Márquez ; J. Másegosa ; N. Bergvall ; P. Amram
Astronomy and Astrophysics (0004-6361). Vol. 479 (2008), 3, p. 725-733.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Context: Luminous blue compact galaxies, common at ∼ 1 but now relatively rare, show disturbed kinematics in emission lines. Aims: As part of a programme to understand their formation and evolution, we have investigated the stellar dynamics of a number of nearby objects in this class. Methods: We obtained long-slit spectra with VLT/FORS2 in the spectral region covering the near-infrared calcium triplet. In this paper we focus on the well-known luminous blue compact galaxy ESO 338-IG04(Tololo 1924-416). A previous investigation, using Fabry-Perot interferometry, showed that this galaxy has a chaotic Hαvelocity field, indicating that either the galaxy is not in dynamical equilibrium or that Hαdoes not trace the gravitational potential due to feedback from star formation. Results: Along the apparent major axis, the stellar and ionised gas velocities for the most part follow each other. The chaotic velocity field must therefore be a sign that the young stellar population in ESO 338-IG04is not in dynamical equilibrium. The most likely explanation, which is also supported by its morphology, is that the galaxy has experienced a merger and that this has triggered the current starburst. Summarising the results of our programme so far, we note that emission-line velocity fields are not always reliable tracers of stellar motions, and go on to assess the implications for kinematic studies of similar galaxies at intermediate redshift. © 2008 ESO.

Nyckelord: Galaxies: evolution , Galaxies: individual: ESO 338-IG04 , Galaxies: interactions , Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics , Galaxies: starburst



Denna post skapades 2014-05-30. Senast ändrad 2016-01-11.
CPL Pubid: 198705

 

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Institutionen för radio- och rymdvetenskap (2005-2010)

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Extragalaktisk astronomi

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