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Deep Spectroscopy of the Very Extended Ionized Gas of NGC 4388

  • Michitoshi Yoshida (a1), M. Yagi (a2), S. Okamura (a3), Y. Ohyama (a4), N. Kashikawa (a2), T. Sasaki (a4), K. Aoki (a4) and M. Iya (a2)...

Abstract

We report here the results of deep optical spectroscopy of the very extended emission-line region (VEELR) found serendipitously around the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 4388 in the Virgo cluster. The Hα recession velocities of most of the filaments of the region observed are highly blue-shifted with respect to the systemic velocity of the galaxy. The velocity field is complicated, and there seem to be several streams of filaments ranging from ~ −100 km s−1 to ~ −700 km s−1 with respect to the systemic velocity of the galaxy. The emission-line ratios of the VEELR filaments are well explained by power-law photoionization models with solar abundances. In addition to photoionization, shock heating probably contributes to the ionization of the gas. We conclude that the VEELR was formerly the disk gas of NGC 4388, which has been stripped by ram pressure due to the interaction between the hot intra-cluster medium (ICM) and the galaxy.

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Yoshida, et al. 2002, ApJ, 567, 118.

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