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2003A&A...401..141L - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 401, 141-159 (2003/4-1)

Nebular abundances of nearby southern dwarf galaxies.


Abstract (from CDS):

The results of optical spectroscopy of HII regions in a sample of southern dwarf irregulars consisting of five dwarf galaxies in the Centaurus A group, four dwarfs in the Sculptor group, and eight additional dwarf galaxies are presented. Oxygen abundances are derived using the direct method where [O III]λ4363 is detected; otherwise, abundances are derived with the bright-line method using the McGaugh and the Pilyugin calibrations. ESO358-G060 has the lowest oxygen abundance (12+log(O/H)=7.32) in the sample, which is comparable to the value for the second most metal-poor galaxy known (SBS 0335-052). In all, new oxygen abundances are reported for nine dwarf galaxies; updated values are presented for the remaining galaxies. Derived oxygen abundances are in the range from 3% to 26% of the solar value. Oxygen abundances for dwarfs in the southern sample are consistent with the metallicity-luminosity relationship defined by a control sample of dwarf irregulars with [O III]λ4363 abundances and well-measured distances. However, NGC 5264 appears to have an (upper branch) oxygen abundance approximately two to three times higher than other dwarfs at similar luminosities. Nitrogen-to-oxygen and neon-to-oxygen abundance ratios are also reported; in particular, IC 1613 and IC 5152 show elevated nitrogen-to-oxygen ratios for their oxygen abundances.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: abundances - galaxies: clusters: individual: Centaurus A, Sculptor - galaxies: dwarf - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: irregular

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