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A SINFONI integral field spectroscopy survey for galaxy counterparts to damped Lyman α systems – II. Dynamical properties of the galaxies towards Q0302 − 223 and Q1009 − 0026*

Céline Péroux, Nicolas Bouché, Varsha P. Kulkarni, Donald G. York and Giovanni Vladilo

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 410, issue 4, pages 2251-2256
Published in print February 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17597.x
A SINFONI integral field spectroscopy survey for galaxy counterparts to damped Lyman α systems – II. Dynamical properties of the galaxies towards Q0302 − 223 and Q1009 − 0026*

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Details of the processes through which galaxies convert their gas into stars need to be studied in order to obtain a complete picture of galaxy formation. One way to tackle these phenomena is to relate the H i gas and the stars in galaxies. Here, we present dynamical properties of damped and subdamped Lyman α (DLA) systems identified in Hα emission with VLT/SINFONI at near-infrared wavelengths. While the DLA towards Q0302 − 223 is found to be dispersion-dominated, the sub-DLA towards Q1009 − 0026 shows clear signatures of rotation. We use a proxy to circular velocity to estimate the mass of the halo in which the sub-DLA resides and find Mhalo= 1012.6 M. We also derive dynamical masses of these objects, and find Mdyn= 1010.3 and 1010.9 M. For one of the two systems (towards Q0302 − 223), we are able to derive a stellar mass of M*= 109.5 M from a spectral energy distribution fit. The gas fraction in this object is one-third, comparable to similar objects at these redshifts. Our work illustrates that detailed studies of quasar absorbers can offer entirely new insights into our knowledge of the interaction between stars and the interstellar gas in galaxies.

Keywords: galaxies: kinematics and dynamics; quasars: absorption lines; quasars: individual: Q0302 − 223; quasars: individual: Q1009 − 0026

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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