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2010MNRAS.406..445K - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 406, 445-459 (2010/July-3)

Galaxy group at z = 0.3 associated with the damped Lyman α system towards quasar Q1127-145.


Abstract (from CDS):

We performed a spectroscopic galaxy survey, complete to mF814W≤ 20.3 (LB > 0.15L*B at z = 0.3), within 100x100 arcsec2 of the quasar Q1127-145 (zem= 1.18). The Very Large Telescope/Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph (UVES) quasar spectrum contains three zabs< 0.33 Mgii absorption systems. We obtained eight new galaxy redshifts, adding to the four previously known, and galaxy star formation rates (SFRs) and metallicities were computed where possible. A strong Mgii system [ Wr(2796) = 1.8 Å], which is a known damped Lyman α absorber (DLA), had three previously identified galaxies; we found two additional galaxies associated with this system. These five galaxies form a group with diverse properties, such as a luminosity range of 0.04 ≤ LB ≤ 0.63 L*B, an impact parameter range of 17 ≤ D ≤ 241 kpc and a velocity dispersion of σ = 115 km/s. The DLA group galaxy redshifts span beyond the 350 km/s velocity spread of the metallic absorption lines of the DLA itself. The two brightest group galaxies have SFRs of ∼fewM/yr and should not have strong winds. We have sufficient spectroscopic information to directly compare three of the five group galaxies' (emission-line) metallicities with the DLA (absorption) metallicity: the DLA metallicity is one-tenth solar, substantially lower than the three galaxies' metallicity which ranges between less than 1/2 solar to solar. Hubble Space Telescope (HST)/Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2) imaging shows perturbed morphologies for the three brightest group galaxies, with tidal tails extending ∼25 kpc. We favour a scenario where the DLA absorption originates from tidal debris in the group environment.

Another absorber exhibits weak Mgii absorption [Wr(2796) = 0.03 Å] and had a previously identified galaxy at a similar redshift. We have identified a second galaxy associated with this system. Both galaxies have solar metallicities and unperturbed morphologies in the HST/WFPC-2 image. The SFR of one galaxy is much lower than that expected for strong outflows. Finally, we have also identified five galaxies at large impact parameters with no associated Mgii absorption [Wr(2796) ≲ 5.7 mÅ, 3σ] in the spectrum of Q1127-145.

Abstract Copyright: © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 RAS

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: haloes - galaxies: interactions - galaxies: ISM - quasars: absorption lines

Nomenclature: Fig. 1, Table 3: [KMC2010] GNN (Nos G1-G15).

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