Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 359, 433-446 (2000/7-2)
Extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in a small sample of nearby edge-on galaxies.
ROSSA J. and DETTMAR R.-J.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present narrowband Hα imaging data of a small survey of nearby edge-on spiral galaxies, aiming at the detection of `extraplanar' diffuse ionized gas (DIG). A few of our studied edge-on spirals show signs of disk-halo interaction (DHI), where extended line emission far above the galactic plane of these galaxies is detected. In some cases an extraplanar diffuse ionized gas (eDIG) layer is discovered, e.g., NGC 4634
, NGC 3044
, while other galaxies show only filamentary features reaching into the halo (e.g., IC 2531
) and some galaxies show no sign of eDIG at all. The extraplanar distances of the DIG layer in our narrowband Hα images reach values of z≤2kpc above the galactic plane. The derived star formation rates (SFRs) from the Hα flux of the studied galaxies range from 0.05-0.7M☉
/yr, neglecting a correction for internal absorption. The variation of the SFR values among our sample galaxies reflects the diversity of star formation within this sample. A diagnostic diagram is introduced, which allows to predict the existence of gas halos in `quiescent' galaxies based on the ratio S60
in this diagram. We compare the positions of the non-starburst galaxies with starburst galaxies, since these galaxies populate distinct positions in these diagrams.
galaxies: halos - galaxies: spiral - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: structure
NAME NGC 4634 Patch 1
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