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1995A&A...303..440C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 303, 440-448 (1995/11-2)

Starbursts in barred spiral galaxies. I. Mkn 712, a new Wolf-Rayet galaxy.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report the discovery of emission from Wolf-Rayet stars in a giant HII region 4.5 arcsec South of the nucleus of the IRAS barred spiral galaxy Mkn 712 (= UGC 5342). The ratio of WNL to OV stars, estimated from the luminosity of the Heiiλ4686 line, is 0.2. By comparison with starburst and stellar evolution models, we find that this high value is only compatible with a very young starburst episode (3-4Myr) and a flat initial mass function ({GAMMA}=-1). The presence of the [Ar V] line reveals that the HII region is strongly ionized by the hot Wolf-Rayet stars. The comparison with other barred Wolf-Rayet galaxies suggests that the detection of Wolf-Rayet stars depends on the dust content and orientation of the galaxy.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: evolution - galaxies: individual: Mkn 712 - starburst - stellar content - ISM - stars: Wolf-Rayet

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