Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 396, 1953-1971 (2009/July-2)
The diverse nature of optical emission lines in brightest cluster galaxies: IFU observations of the central kiloparsec.
EDWARDS L.O.V., ROBERT C., MOLLA M. and McGEE S.L.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present integral field spectroscopy of the nebular line emission in a sample of nine brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs). The sample was chosen to probe both cooling flow and non-cooling flow clusters, as well as a range of cluster X-ray luminosities. The line emission morphology and velocity gradients suggest a great diversity in the properties of the line emitting gas. While some BCGs show evidence for filamentary or patchy emission (Abell1060, Abell1668 and MKW3s), others have extended emission (Abell1204, Abell2199), while still others have centrally concentrated emission (Abell2052). We examine diagnostic line ratios to determine the dominant ionization mechanisms in each galaxy. Most of the galaxies show regions with active galactic nucleus like spectra, however, for two BCGs, Abell1060 and Abell1204, the emission line diagnostics suggest regions which can be described by the emission from young stellar populations. The diversity of emission-line properties in our sample of BCGs suggests that the emission mechanism is not universal, with different ionization processes dominating different systems. Given this diversity, there is no evidence for a clear distinction of the emission-line properties between cooling flow and non-cooling flow BCGs. It is not always cooling flow BCGs which show emission (or young stellar populations), and non-cooling flow BCGs which do not.
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 RAS
stars: formation - galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: clusters: individual: A1060 - cooling flows - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: stellar content
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