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H II galaxies as distance estimators at high redshift

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 May 2016

Jorge Melnick
Affiliation:
European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
Roberto J. Terlevich
Affiliation:
Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0EZ, UK INAOE, Apartado Postal 51, 72000, Puebla, Mexico
Elena Terlevich
Affiliation:
INAOE, Apartado Postal 51, 72000, Puebla, Mexico
Benoit Joguet
Affiliation:
European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile

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Owing to their large luminosities per unit mass H II galaxies allow us to investigate in considerable detail the process of high mass star formation out to redshifts of cosmological importance. In this contribution we discuss the calibration of the correlation between the Hβ luminosity and the emission line width of H II galaxies as a distance indicator. We show that H II galaxies can be reliably used as distance indicators out to redshifts z > 3 provided that their line widths and fluxes can be determined with accuracies better than 10%.

Type
Part 6. Starbursts in normal and active galaxies: their effects on the ISM and on chemical evolution
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Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 1999 

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