Query : 2000A&AS..147..291V

2000A&AS..147..291V - Astron. Astrophys., Suppl. Ser., 147, 291-297 (2000/December-1)

Interpreting the kinematics of the extended gas in distant radiogalaxies from 8-10 m telescope spectra.


Abstract (from CDS):

The nature of the extreme kinematics in the extended gas of distant radio galaxies (z>0.7) is still an open question. With the advent of the 8-10m telescope generation and the development of NIR arrays we are in the position for the first time to develop a more detailed study by using lines other than Lyα and [OII]λ3727 depending on redshift. In this paper we review the main sources of uncertainty in the interpretation of the emission line kinematics: the presence of several kinematic components, Lyα absorption by neutral gas/dust and the contribution of scattered light to some of the lines. As an example, several kinematic components can produce apparent, false rotation curves. We propose methods to solve these uncertainties. We propose to extend the methods applied to low redshift radio galaxies to investigate the nature of the kinematics in distant radio galaxies: by means of the spectral decomposition of the strong optical emission lines (redshifted into the NIR) we can isolate the different kinematic components and study the emission line ratios for the individual components. If shocks are responsible for the extreme kinematics, we should be able to isolate a kinematic component (the shocked gas) with large FWHM (≥900km/s), low ionization level [OIII]λ5007/Hβ∼2-4 and weak HeIIλ4686/Hβ≤0.07, together with a narrow component (≤ few hundred km/s) with higher ionization level and strong HeII emission (HeII/Hβ∼0.5).

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Journal keyword(s): techniques: spectroscopic - methods: observational - galaxies, kinematics and dynamics

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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 - 2023
1 PMN J0214-1158 rG 02 14 17.4 -11 58 47           ~ 59 1
2 3C 183 rG 07 35 22.4525276184 +43 44 25.041453720           ~ 53 1
3 3C 372 rG 18 10 55.70 +40 45 23.6   22.1       ~ 67 1
4 LEDA 2831507 Sy2 22 53 03.1 -40 57 46     20.0     ~ 102 1

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