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2009MNRAS.396.2295H - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 396, 2295-2312 (2009/July-2)

On the derivation of dynamical masses of the stellar clusters in the circumnuclear region of NGC2903.


Abstract (from CDS):

Gas and star velocity dispersions have been derived for four circumnuclear star-forming regions (CNSFRs) and the nucleus of the spiral galaxy NGC2903 using high-resolution spectroscopy in the blue and far red. Stellar velocity dispersions have been obtained from the Caii triplet lines at λλ8494, 8542, 8662Å, using cross-correlation techniques, while gas velocity dispersions have been measured by Gaussian fits to the Hβλ4861Å line.

The CNSFRs, with sizes of about 100 to 150pc in diameter, show a complex structure at the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) resolution, with a good number of subclusters with linear diameters between 3 and 8pc. Their stellar velocity dispersions range from 39 to 67km/s. These values, together with the sizes measured on archival HST images, yield upper limits to the dynamical masses for the individual star clusters between 1.8 and 8.7x106M and upper limits to the masses for the whole CNSFR between 4.9x106 and 4.3x107M.

The masses of the ionizing stellar population responsible for the Hii region gaseous emission have been derived from their published Hα luminosities and are found to be between 1.9 and 2.5 x 106M for the star-forming regions, and 2.1x105Mfor the galaxy nucleus, therefore constituting between 1 and 4 per cent of the total dynamical mass.

In the CNSFR, star 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. The ionized gas kinematics are complex; two different kinematical components seem to be present as evidenced by different widths and Doppler shifts.

The line profiles in the spectra of the galaxy nucleus, however, are consistent with the presence of a single component with radial velocity and velocity dispersion close to those measured for the stellar absorption lines.

The presence and reach of two distinct components in the emission lines in ionized regions and the influence that this fact could have on the observed line ratios are of major interest for several reasons, among others, the classification of the activity in the central regions of galaxies, the inferences about the nature of the source of ionization for the two components and the derivation of the gaseous chemical abundances.

Abstract Copyright: © 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 RAS

Journal keyword(s): Hii regions - galaxies: individual: NGC2903 - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: star clusters

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/396/2295): table4.dat table5.dat>

Nomenclature: Table 4: [HDC2009] ANNa N=89 among (Nos R1a-R1d, R2, R2a-R2d, R12a-R12v, R4, R4a-R4z, R7, R7a-R7z, N, Na-Nb), [HDC2009] R4alpha N=1.

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