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Internal Kinematics of the most Luminous HII Regions in M100

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 May 2016

N. S. P. Sabalisck
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Spain 38200; nss@ll.iac.es
M. Rozas
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Spain 38200; mrozas@ll.iac.es
J. E. Beckman
Affiliation:
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, La Laguna, Spain 38200; jeb@ll.iac.es
J. H. Knapen
Affiliation:
University of Herfordshire, Hatfield, UK; knapen@star.herts.ac.uk
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We have used the TAURUS Fabry–Perot mapping spectrometer on the William Herschel telescope (WHT) to produce a complete kinematic map of the disk of M100 in Hα. Here we show how the internal velocity dispersion (σ) of the principal emission components of the brightest regions varies with their Hα luminosity. The plot shows ample scatter, but an upper envelope in σ is clearly linear (in the log–log plane) with a slope of 2·6, a result which agrees precisely with an earlier graph by Arsenault et al., who selected instead the regions of highest surface brightness. We show that this result, which differs from the conventional prediction from the virial theorem, is consistent with virialisation if the H II regions are density bounded, and thus offers evidence in support of the density bounding hypothesis for the most luminous regions in disk galaxies.

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Copyright © Astronomical Society of Australia 1998

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