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ID: 693529.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Nebular emission and the Lyman continuum photon escape fraction in CALIFA early-type galaxies
Authors:Papaderos, P.; Gomes, J. M.; Vílchez, J. M.; Kehrig, C.; Lehnert, M. D.; Ziegler, B.; Sánchez, S. F.; Husemann, B.; Monreal-Ibero, A.; García-Benito, R.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Cortijo-Ferrero, C.; de Lorenzo-Cáceres, A.; del Olmo, A.; Falcón-Barroso, J.; Galbany, L.; Iglesias-Páramo, J.; López-Sánchez, Á. R.; Marquez, I.; Mollá, M.; Mast, D.; van de Ven, G.; Wisotzki, L.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2013
Title of Journal:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Start Page:id. L1 (5 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We use deep integral field spectroscopy data from the CALIFA survey to study the warm interstellar medium (wim) over the entire extent and optical spectral range of 32 nearby early-type galaxies (ETGs). We find that faint nebular emission is extended in all cases, and its surface brightness decreases roughly as ∝ r. The large standard deviation in the derived α (1.09 ± 0.67) argues against a universal power-law index for the radial drop-off of nebular emission in ETGs. Judging from the properties of their extranuclear component, our sample ETGs span a broad, continuous sequence with respect to their α, Hα equivalent width (EW) and Lyman continuum (Lyc) photon leakage fraction (plf). We propose a tentative subdivision into two groups: Type i ETGs are characterized by rather steep Hα profiles (α ≃ 1.4), comparatively large (≳1 Å), nearly radially constant EWs, and plf ≃ 0. Photoionization by post-AGB stars appears to be the main driver of extended nebular emission in these systems, with nonthermal sources being potentially important only in their nuclei. Typical properties of type II ETGs are shallower Hα profiles (α ≃ 0.8), very low (≲0.5 Å) EWs with positive radial gradients, and a mean plf ≳ 0.7, rising to ≳0.9 in their centers. Such properties point to a low, and inwardly decreasing wim density and/or volume filling factor. We argue that, because of extensive Lyc photon leakage, emission-line luminosities and EWs are reduced in type
Free Keywords:galaxies: elliptical and lenticular; cD; galaxies: nuclei; galaxies: ISM
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
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