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2008MNRAS.385..769B - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 385, 769-782 (2008/April-1)

New insights into the stellar content and physical conditions of star-forming galaxies at z = 2-3 from spectral modelling.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have used extensive libraries of model and empirical galaxy spectra [assembled, respectively, from the population synthesis code of Bruzual and Charlot and the fourth data release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)] to interpret some puzzling features seen in the spectra of high-redshift star-forming galaxies. We show that a stellar Heiiλ1640 emission line, produced in the expanding atmospheres of Of and Wolf-Rayet stars, should be detectable with an equivalent width of 0.5-1.5Å in the integrated spectra of star-forming galaxies, provided the metallicity is greater than about half solar. Our models reproduce the strength of the Heiiλ1640 line measured in the spectra of Lyman-break galaxies for established values of their metallicities. With better empirical calibrations in local galaxies, this spectral feature has the potential of becoming a useful diagnostic of massive star winds at high, as well as low redshifts.

We also uncover a relationship in SDSS galaxies between their location in the [Oiii]/Hβ versus [Nii]/Hα diagnostic diagram (the BPT diagram) and their excess specific star formation rate relative to galaxies of similar mass. We infer that an elevated ionization parameter U is at the root of this effect, and propose that this is also the cause of the offset of high-redshift star-forming galaxies in the BPT diagram compared to local ones. We further speculate that higher electron densities and escape fractions of hydrogen ionizing photons may be the factors responsible for the systematically higher values of U in the HII regions of high-redshift galaxies. The impact of such differences on abundance determinations from strong nebular lines are considered and found to be relatively minor.

Abstract Copyright: 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 RAS

Journal keyword(s): stars: early-type - stars: Wolf-Rayet - galaxies: abundances - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: high-redshift - galaxies: starburst

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Number of rows : 4

N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2020
1 NAME SMC G 00 52 38.0 -72 48 01   2.79 2.2     ~ 9478 1
2 NAME Magellanic Clouds GrG 03 00 -71.0           ~ 5698 1
3 NAME MS 1512-cB58 AGN 15 14 22.2751 +36 36 25.674     20.64   20.35 ~ 318 0
4 NAME Local Group GrG ~ ~           ~ 7000 0

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