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2004ApJ...600..613S - Astrophys. J., 600, 613-625 (2004/January-2)

The H II regions of the damped Lyα absorber SBS 1543+593.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report new imaging and spectroscopic observations of the damped Lyα absorber (DLA) galaxy SBS 1543+593, a nearby dwarf galaxy whose stellar disk is intersected by the sight line to the bright background QSO HS 1543+5921. Hubble Space Telescope imaging observations with WFPC2 in the F450W and F702W bands are used to measure the DLA galaxy's properties and compile a catalog of its (candidate) H II regions. Ground-based long-slit spectroscopy of the brightest H II region in the galaxy yields estimates of the star formation rate (SFR) and chemical abundances in the galaxy's interstellar medium. We find that SBS 1543+593 exhibits an SFR of ~0.006h–270M/yr, or an SFR per unit area of ~1.4x10–4h–270M/yr/kpc2. We derive gas-phase abundances in the ionized gas of 12+logO/H=8.2±0.2, which is about (1)/(3) of the solar value, and logN/O=-1.40+0.2–0.3. These values are consistent with the morphological appearance of SBS 1543+593, an Sm dwarf of MB-5logh70=-16.8±0.2 and intermediate surface brightness. SBS 1543+593 is the first bona fide DLA for which abundances have been measured using emission-line diagnostics. When compared with future high-resolution ultraviolet spectroscopy, our results should prove key for interpreting abundance determinations in high-redshift DLAs.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Individual: Alphanumeric: SBS 1543+593 - Galaxies: ISM - Galaxies: Quasars: Absorption Lines - Galaxies: Quasars: Individual: Alphanumeric: HS 1543+5921

Nomenclature: Table 1, Fig.2: [SRD2004] NN (Nos 1-33).

CDS comments: Star in T.1 = [RH98b] Star

Simbad objects: 47

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