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2014MNRAS.441.2296M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 441, 2296-2308 (2014/July-1)

Aperture effects on spectroscopic galaxy activity classification.


Abstract (from CDS):

Activity classification of galaxies based on long-slit and fibre spectroscopy can be strongly influenced by aperture effects. Here, we investigate how activity classification for 14 nearby galaxies depends on the proportion of the host galaxy's light that is included in the aperture. We use both observed long-slit spectra and simulated elliptical-aperture spectra of different sizes. The degree of change varies with galaxy morphology and nuclear activity type. Starlight removal techniques can mitigate but not remove the effect of host galaxy contamination in the nuclear aperture. Galaxies with extranuclear star formation can show higher [Oiii] λ5007/Hβ ratios with increasing aperture, in contrast to the naive expectation that integrated light will only dilute the nuclear emission lines. We calculate the mean dispersion for the diagnostic line ratios used in the standard diagrams with respect to the central aperture of spectral extraction to obtain an estimate of the uncertainties resulting from aperture effects.

Abstract Copyright: © 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: nuclei - galaxies: Seyfert - galaxies: starburst

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