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2007MNRAS.378..163H - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 378, 163-178 (2007/June-2)

Kinematics of gas and stars in the circumnuclear star-forming ring of NGC 3351.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have measured gas and stellar velocity dispersions in five circumnuclear star-forming regions (CNSFRs) and the nucleus of the barred spiral galaxy NGC3351. The stellar dispersions have been obtained from high-resolution spectra of the CaII triplet (CaT) lines at λλ8494, 8542, 8662Å, while the gas velocity dispersions have been measured by Gaussian fits to the Hβ λ4861Å line on high-dispersion spectra.

The CNSFRs, with sizes of about 100 to 150pc in diameter, are seen to be composed of several individual star clusters with sizes between 1.7 and 4.9pc on a Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image. Using the stellar velocity dispersions, we have derived dynamical masses for the entire star-forming complexes and for the individual star clusters. Values of the stellar velocity dispersions are between 39 and 67km/s. Dynamical masses for the whole CNSFRs are between 4.9x106 and 4.3x107M and between 1.8 and 8.7x106M for the individual star clusters.

Stellar and gas velocity dispersions are found to differ by about 20km/s with the Hβ lines being narrower than both the stellar lines and the [OIII]λ5007Å lines. We have found indications for the presence of two different kinematical components in the ionized gas of the regions. The radial velocity curve shows deviation from circular motions for the ionized hydrogen consistent with its infall towards the central regions of the galaxy at a velocity of about 25km/s. To disentangle the origin of these two components it will be necessary to map these regions with high spectral and spatial resolution and much better signal-to-noise ratio in particular for the O2+ lines.

Abstract Copyright: 2007 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2007 RAS

Journal keyword(s): HII regions - galaxies: individual: NGC3351 - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: star clusters

Nomenclature: Table 4: [PCP97] NGC 3351 RNa (Nos R4-R6, R2a, R3a-R3f, R6a-R6q) added.

Errata: erratum vol. 385, p. 543 (2008)

Simbad objects: 49

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