Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Cresci G., Vanzi L., Sauvage M., Santangel G. and van der Werf P. (2010)

Integral-field near-infrared spectroscopy of two blue dwarf galaxies: NGC 5253 and He 2-10

Revista : Astronomy & Astrophysics
Volumen : 520
Páginas : A82
Tipo de publicación : ISI


We present integral field spectroscopy in the near infrared (NIR) of He 2-10 and NGC 5253, two well known nearby dwarf irregular galaxies showing high star-formation rates. Our data provide an unprecedented detailed view of the interstellar medium and star formation in these galaxies, allowing us to obtain spatially resolved information from the NIR emission and absorption line tracers. We study the spatial distribution and kinematics of different components of the interstellar medium (ISM) mostly through the Bracket series lines, the molecular hydrogen spectrum, [FeII] emission, and CO absorptions. Although the ISM is mostly photo-excited, as derived by the [FeII]/Br gamma and H_2 line ratios, some regions corresponding to non-thermal radio sources show a [FeII]/Br gamma excess due to a significant contribution of SN driven shocks. In He 2-10 we find that the molecular gas clouds, as traced by CO(2-1) and H_2 infrared line, show consistent morphologies and velocities when studied with the two different tracers. Moreover, there is a clear association with the youngest super star clusters as traced by the ionized gas. In the same galaxy we observe a cavity depleted of gas, which is surrounded by some of the most active regions of star formation, that we interpret as a signature of feedback-induced star formation from older episodes of star formation. Finally, we measured high turbulence in the ISM of both galaxies, sigma similar to 30-80 km s-1, driven by the high star-formation activity.

Based on observations obtained at the ESO-VLT under programs 074.A-9011 and 075.B-0648.