Astrophys. J., 724, 1373-1388 (2010/December-1)
The kinematics of ionized gas in lyman-break analogs at z ∼ 0.2.
GONCALVES T.S., BASU-ZYCH A., OVERZIER R., MARTIN D.C., LAW D.R., SCHIMINOVICH D., WYDER T.K., MALLERY R., RICH R.M. and HECKMAN T.H.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present results for 19 "Lyman-break analogs" observed with Keck/OSIRIS with an adaptive-optics-assisted spatial resolution of less than 200 pc. We detect satellites/companions, diffuse emission, and velocity shear, all with high signal-to-noise ratios. These galaxies present remarkably high velocity dispersion along the line of sight (∼70 km/s), much higher than standard star-forming spirals in the low-redshift universe. We artificially redshift our data to z ∼ 2.2 to allow for a direct comparison with observations of high-z Lyman-break galaxies and find striking similarities between both samples. This suggests that either similar physical processes are responsible for their observed properties, or, alternatively, that it is very difficult to distinguish between different mechanisms operating in the low- versus high-redshift starburst galaxies based on the available data. The comparison between morphologies in the UV/optical continuum and our kinemetry analysis often shows that neither is by itself sufficient to confirm or completely rule out the contribution from recent merger events. We find a correlation between the kinematic properties and stellar mass, in that more massive galaxies show stronger evidence for a disk-like structure. This suggests a co-evolutionary process between the stellar mass buildup and the formation of morphological and dynamical substructure within the galaxy.
galaxies: evolution - galaxies: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: starburst
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