[TTW2011] SDSS J1233-0031 242-15 , the SIMBAD biblio

2012ApJS..198....3W - Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 198, 3 (2012/January-0)

The COS-Halos survey: Keck LRIS and Magellan MagE optical spectroscopy.

WERK J.K., PROCHASKA J.X., THOM C., TUMLINSON J., TRIPP T.M., O'MEARA J.M. and MEIRING J.D.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present high signal-to-noise optical spectra for 67 low-redshift (0.1 < z < 0.4) galaxies that lie within close projected distances (5 kpc < ρ < 150 kpc) of 38 background UV-bright QSOs. The Keck LRIS and Magellan MagE data presented here are part of a survey that aims to construct a statistically sampled map of the physical state and metallicity of gaseous galaxy halos using the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) on the Hubble Space Telescope. We provide a detailed description of the optical data reduction and subsequent spectral analysis that allow us to derive the physical properties of this uniquely data-rich sample of galaxies. The galaxy sample is divided into 38 pre-selected L ∼ L*, z ∼ 0.2 "target" galaxies and 29 "bonus" galaxies that lie in close proximity to the QSO sightlines. We report galaxy spectroscopic redshifts accurate to ±30 km/s, impact parameters, rest-frame colors, stellar masses, total star formation rates (SFRs), and gas-phase interstellar medium oxygen abundances. When we compare the distribution of these galaxy characteristics to those of the general low-redshift population, we find good agreement. The L ∼ L* galaxies in this sample span a diverse range of color (1.0 < u - r < 3.0), stellar mass (109.5 < M/M{x2609}< 1011.5), and SFRs (0.01-20 M{x2609}/yr). These optical data, along with the COS UV spectroscopy, comprise the backbone of our efforts to understand how halo gas properties may correlate with their host galaxy properties, and ultimately to uncover the processes that drive gas outflow and/or are influenced by gas inflow.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: abundances - galaxies: distances and redshifts - galaxies: halos - intergalactic medium - quasars: absorption lines

Nomenclature: Tables 2, 4-5: [TTW2011] SDSS JHHMM+DDMM NNN-NNN N=26 added.

Simbad objects: 100

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