DETECTION OF INFALLING HYDROGEN IN TRANSFER BETWEEN THE INTERACTING GALAXIES NGC 5426 AND NGC 5427
2011 (English)In: The Astrophysical Journal. Letters, ISSN 2041-8205, Vol. 740, no 1, L1- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Using velocity tagging we have detected hydrogen from NGC 5426 falling onto its interacting partner NGC 5427. Our observations, with the GHaFaS Fabry-Perot spectrometer, produced maps of the two galaxies in H alpha surface brightness and radial velocity. We found emission with the range of velocities associated with NGC 5426 along lines of sight apparently emanating from NGC 5427, superposed on the velocity map of the latter. After excluding instrumental effects we assign the anomalous emission to gas pulled from NGC 5426 during its passage close to NGC 5427. Its distribution, more intense between the arms and just outside the disk of NGC 5427, and weak, or absent, in the arms, suggests that the infalling gas is behind the disk, ionized by Lyman continuum photons escaping from NGC 5427. Modeling this, we estimate the distances of these gas clouds behind the plane: a few hundred parsecs to a few kiloparsecs. We also estimate the mass of the infalling (ionized plus neutral) gas, finding an infall rate of 10 M(circle dot) per year, consistent with the high measured star formation rate across the disk of NGC 5427 and with the detected circumnuclear galactic wind.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 740, no 1, L1- p.
galaxies: individual (NGC 5426, NGC 5427, Arp 271), galaxies: interactions, galaxies: ISM, galaxies: kinematics and dynamics, galaxies: spiral
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69917DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/740/1/L1ISI: 000295210900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-69917DiVA: diva2:479113
authorCount :112012-01-172012-01-152012-01-17Bibliographically approved