Integral-field spectroscopy of a Lyman-break galaxy at z=3.2: evidence for merging
|Titre||Integral-field spectroscopy of a Lyman-break galaxy at z=3.2: evidence for merging|
|Type de publication||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Auteurs||Nesvadba, NPH, Lehnert, MD, Davies, RI, Verma, A, Eisenhauer, F|
|Journal||Astronomy & Astrophysics|
We present spatially-resolved, rest-frame optical spectroscopy of a z similar to 3 Lyman-break galaxy (LBG), Q0347-383 C5, obtained with SINFONI on the VLT. This galaxy, among the similar to 10% brightest LBGs, is only the second z similar to 3 LBG observed with an integral-field spectrograph. It was first described by Pettini et al. (2001, ApJ, 554, 981), who obtained WFPC2 F702W imaging and longslit spectroscopy in the K-band. We find that the emission line morphology is dominated by two unresolved blobs at a projected distance of similar to 5 kpc with a velocity offset of similar to 33 km s(-1). Velocity dispersions suggest that each blob has a mass of similar to 10(10) M-circle dot. Unlike Pettini et al. (2001), our spectra are deep enough to detect H beta, and we derive star-formation rates of similar to 20-40 M-circle dot yr(-1), and use the H beta/[OIII] ratio to crudely estimate an oxygen abundance 12+[ O/H] = 7.9-8.6, which is in the range typically observed for LBGs. We compare the properties of Q0347-383 C5 with what is found for other LBGs, including the gravitationally lensed "arc+core" galaxy (Nesvadba et al. 2006, ApJ, 650, 661), and discuss possible scenarios for the nature of the source, namely disk rotation, a starburst-driven wind, disk fragmentation, and merging of two LBGs. We favor the merging interpretation for bright, extended LBGs like Q0347-383 C5, in broad agreement with predicted merger rates from hierarchical models.