Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 550A, 88-88 (2013/2-1)
Piecing together the puzzle of NGC 5253: abundances, kinematics and WR stars.
WESTMOQUETTE M.S., JAMES B., MONREAL-IBERO A. and WALSH J.R.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present Gemini-S/GMOS-IFU optical spectroscopy of four regions near the centre of the nearby (3.8Mpc) dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 5253. This galaxy is famous for hosting a radio supernebula containing two deeply embedded massive super star clusters, surrounded by a region of enhanced nitrogen abundance that has been linked to the presence of Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars. We detected 11 distinct sources of red WR bump (CIV) emission over a 20'' (∼350pc) area, each consistent with the presence of ∼1 WCE-type star. WC stars are not found coincident with the supernebula, although WN stars have previously been detected here. We performed a multi-component decomposition of the Hα line across all four fields and mapped the kinematics of the narrow and broad (FWHM=100-250km/s) components. These maps paint a picture of localised gas flows, as part of multiple overlapping bubbles and filaments driven by the star clusters throughout the starburst. We confirm the presence of a strong Hα velocity gradient over ∼4.5" (∼80pc) coincident with the region of N/O enhancement, and high gas density known from previous study, and interpret this as an accelerating ionized gas outflow from the supernebula clusters. We measure the ionized gas abundances in a number of regions in the outer IFU positions and combine these with measurements from the literature to assess the radial abundance distribution. We find that the O/H and N/H profiles are consistent with being flat. Only the central 50pc exhibits the well-known N/O enhancement, and we propose that the unusually high densities/pressures in the supernebula region have acted to impede the escape of metal-enriched hot winds from the star clusters and allow them to mix with the cooler phases, thus allowing these freshly processed chemicals to be seen in the optical.
ISM: abundances - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - galaxies: dwarf - galaxies: individual: NGC 5253 - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: starburst
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