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Understanding the two-dimensional ionization structure in luminous infrared galaxies : a near-IR integral field spectroscopy perspective

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Understanding the two-dimensional ionization structure in luminous infrared galaxies : a near-IR integral field spectroscopy perspective

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Título Understanding the two-dimensional ionization structure in luminous infrared galaxies : a near-IR integral field spectroscopy perspective
Autor Colina, Luis
Piqueras López, Javier
Arribas Mocoroa, Santiago
Riffel, Rogério
Riffel, Rogemar André
Rodriguez-Ardila, Alberto
Pastoriza, Miriani Griselda
Storchi-Bergmann, Thaisa
Alonso-Herrero, Almudena
Sales, Dinalva Aires de
Abstract We investigate the two-dimensional excitation structure of the interstellar medium (ISM) in a sample of luminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs) and Seyferts using near-IR integral field spectroscopy. This study extends to the near infrared the well-known optical and mid-IR emission line diagnostics used to classify activity in galaxies. Based on the spatially resolved spectroscopy of prototypes, we identify in the [FeII]1.64 m/Br 􀀀 H22.12 m/Br plane regions dominated by the di erent heating sources, i.e. active galactic nuclei (AGNs), young main-sequence massive stars, and evolved stars i.e. supernovae. The ISM in LIRGs occupy a wide region in the near-IR diagnostic plane from 􀀀0.6 to +1.5 and from 􀀀1.2 to +0.8 (in log units) for the [FeII]/Br and H2/Br line ratios, respectively. The corresponding median(mode) ratios are +0.18(0.16) and +0.02(􀀀0.04). Seyferts show on average larger values by factors 2.5 and 1.4 for the [FeII]/Br and H2/Br ratios, respectively. New areas and relations in the near-IR diagnostic plane are defined for the compact, high surface brightness regions dominated by AGN, young ionizing stars, and supernovae explosions, respectively In addition to these high surface brightness regions, the di use regions a ected by the AGN radiation field cover an area similar to that of Seyferts, but with high values in [FeII]/Br that are not as extreme. The extended, non-AGN di use regions cover a wide area in the near-IR diagnostic diagram that overlaps that of individual excitation mechanisms (i.e. AGN, young stars, and supernovae), but with its mode value to that of the young star-forming clumps. This indicates that the excitation conditions of the extended, di use ISM are likely due to a mixture of the di erent ionization sources, weighted by their spatial distribution and relative flux contribution. The integrated line ratios in LIRGs show higher excitation conditions i.e. towards AGNs, than those measured by the spatially resolved spectroscopy. If this behaviour is representative, it would have clear consequences when classifying high-z, star-forming galaxies based on their near-infrared integrated spectra.
Contido em Astronomy and astrophysics. Les Ulis. Vol. 578 (June 2015), A48, 19 p.
Assunto Formacao de galaxias
Galáxias ativas
Galaxias seyfert
Galaxias Starburst
[en] Galaxies: evolution
[en] Galaxies: general
[en] Galaxies: seyfert
[en] Galaxies: starburst
[en] Galaxies: structure
[en] Infrared: galaxies
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/143835
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