Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 412, 669-687 (2003/12-4)
NGC5953/54: BVRIHαJK photometry and [NII] Fabry-Perot interferometry. I. The data.
HERNANDEZ-TOLEDO H.M., FUENTES-CARRERA I., ROSADO M., CRUZ-GONZALEZ I., FRANCO-BALDERAS A. and DULTZIN-HACYAN D.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present new BVRIHαJK imaging and [NII] scanning Fabry-Perot observations for the interacting galaxy pair NGC 5953/54. Morphology is reviewed using a combination of contrast-enhanced images, color-index maps, and geometric (radial µ, ε=1-b/a, PA and a4/a) profile parameters. Our data are complemented by archived V/R/H images from HST. The Seyfert 2 NGC 5953 shows an underlying featureless disk (≥1.5kpc) in all the observed bands and traces of faint external fan-like features in Hα and [NII]. A compact flocculent spiral pattern (≤1.5kpc), and a ∼60pc bar-like central structure are also observed. The Liner galaxy NGC 5954 is an inclined and distorted spiral with a strong circumnuclear starburst region and star-forming regions throughout the disk. A tidal bridge or distorted arm appears to link the two galaxies, extending to the northwest as a linear feature (plume). NGC 5954 also shows blue filaments delineating bubble-like features on the north side of the nucleus where our Fabry-Perot observations reveal double emission line profiles. We derive BVRIJK magnitudes and surface brightness profiles for the galaxies. HST V/R and H-band surface brightness profiles are also presented for NGC 5953. Fabry-Perot observations yield an [NII] velocity field and rotation curves for the components. The observations coupled with results from a simulation atlas of tidal features allow us 1) to suggest a tentative geometry of the encounter in NGC 5953/54, and 2) to comment about a suspected secular transformation in NGC 5953/54 via the interaction process. A forthcoming paper is devoted to a more detailed analysis of our observations including HI synthesis observations and n-body numerical simulations.