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2016MNRAS.458..988R - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 458, 988-1012 (2016/May-1)

Interpreting the ionization sequence in star-forming galaxy emission-line spectra.

RICHARDSON C.T., ALLEN J.T., BALDWIN J.A., HEWETT P.C., FERLAND G.J., CRIDER A. and MESKHIDZE H.

Abstract (from CDS):

High-ionization star-forming (SF) galaxies are easily identified with strong emission-line techniques such as the BPT diagram, and form an obvious ionization sequence on such diagrams. We use a locally optimally emitting cloud model to fit emission-line ratios that constrain the excitation mechanism, spectral energy distribution, abundances and physical conditions along the star formation ionization sequence. Our analysis takes advantage of the identification of a sample of pure SF galaxies, to define the ionization sequence, via mean field independent component analysis. Previous work has suggested that the major parameter controlling the ionization level in SF galaxies is the metallicity. Here we show that the observed SF sequence could alternatively be interpreted primarily as a sequence in the distribution of the ionizing flux incident on gas spread throughout a galaxy. Metallicity variations remain necessary to model the SF sequence, however, our best models indicate that galaxies with the highest and lowest observed ionization levels (outside the range -0.37 iii]/Hβ

Abstract Copyright: © 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: evolution - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: structure

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