Journal Article

2D kinematics and physical properties of <i>z ∼ 3</i> star-forming galaxies

M. Lemoine-Busserolle, A. Bunker, F. Lamareille and M. Kissler-Patig

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 401, issue 3, pages 1657-1669
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
2D kinematics and physical properties of z ∼ 3 star-forming galaxies

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We present results from a study of the kinematic structure of star-forming galaxies at redshift z∼ 3 selected in the VIMOS VLT Deep Survey (VVDS), using integral field spectroscopy of rest-frame optical nebular emission lines, in combination with rest-frame UV spectroscopy, ground-based optical/near-IR and Spitzer photometry. We also constrain the underlying stellar populations to address the evolutionary status of these galaxies. We infer the kinematic properties of four galaxies: VVDS-20298666, VVDS-020297772, VVDS-20463884 and VVDS-20335183 with redshifts z= 3.2917, 3.2878, 3.2776 and 3.7062, respectively. While VVDS-20463884 presents an irregular velocity field with a peak in the local velocity dispersion of the galaxy shifted from the centre of the galaxy, VVDS-20298666 has a well-resolved gradient in velocity over a distance of ∼4.5 kpc with a peak-to-peak amplitude of v= 91 km s−1. We discovered that the nearby galaxy, VVDS-020297772 (which shows traces of active galactic nucleus activity), is in fact a companion at a similar redshift with a projected separation of 12 kpc. In contrast, the velocity field of VVDS-020335183 seems more consistent with a merger on a rotating disc. However, all of the objects have a high local velocity dispersion (σ∼ 60–70 km s−1), which gives v/σ≲ 1. It is unlikely that these galaxies are a dynamically cold rotating disc of ionized gas.

Keywords: instrumentation: adaptive optics; galaxies: evolution; galaxies: formation; galaxies: high-redshift; galaxies: kinematics and dynamics; galaxies: starburst

Journal Article.  9619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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