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ID: 10465.0, MPI für Astrophysik / Stellar Astrophysics
Spectroscopic study of blue compact galaxies - II. Spectral analysis and correlations
Authors:Kong, X.; Cheng, F. Z.; Weiss, A.; Charlot, S.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2002
Title of Journal:Astronomy & Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:Astron. Astrophys.
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:503
End Page:512
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:This is the second paper in a series studying the star formation rates, stellar components, metallicities, and star formation histories and evolution of a sample of blue compact galaxies. We analyzed spectral properties of 97 blue compact galaxies, obtained with the Beijing Astronomical Observatory ( China) 2.16 m telescope, with spectral range 3580 Angstrom-7400 Angstrom. We classify the spectra according to their emission lines: 13 of the total 97 BCG sample are non-emission line galaxies (non-ELGs); 10 have AGN-like emission (AGNs), and 74 of them are star-forming galaxies (SFGs). Emission line fluxes and equivalent widths, continuum fluxes, the 4000 Angstrom Balmer break index and equivalent widths of absorption lines are measured from the spectra. We investigate the emission line trends in the integrated spectra of the star-forming galaxies in our sample, and find that: 1) The equivalent widths of emission lines are correlated with the galaxy absolute blue magnitude M-B; lower luminosity systems tend to have larger equivalent widths. 2) The equivalent width ratio [N II]6583/Halpha is anti-correlated with equivalent width Halpha; a relationship is given that can be used to remove the [N II] contribution from blended Halpha + [N II] 6548, 6583.3) The [O II], Hbeta, Hgamma and Halpha fluxes are correlated; those can be used as star formation tracers in the blue. 4) The metallicity indices show trends with galaxy absolute magnitude and attenuation by dust, faint, low-mass BCGs have lower metallicity and color excess.
Free Keywords:galaxies : active; galaxies : Seyfert; galaxies : general; galaxies : stellar content
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astrophysik
External Affiliations:Max Planck Inst Astrophys, Karl Schwarzschild Str 1, D-85741; Garching, Germany; Max Planck Inst Astrophys, D-85741 Garching, Germany; Univ Sci & Technol China, Ctr Astrophys, Hefei 230026, Peoples R China; CNRS, Inst Astrophys Paris, F-75014 Paris, France
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