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Donna Weistrop

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We have obtained STIS longslit spectra of the central region of the advanced merger NGC 4194. The spectra cover the wavelength ranges 1150--1750A in the UV and 2900--10270A in the visible. Results from the study of the properties of 14 star forming regions (knots) are presented. We determine the average E(B-V) = 1.1 mag using the combined Halpha+[N II] flux. If the [N II] contribution is 40% then the average E(B-V) = 0.7 mag. The metal abundances are found to be approximately solar. The average abundances calculated range from 8.1 +/- 0.5 to 8.9 +/- 0.1. The Halpha luminosities of the 14 observed knots yield a total SFR of ∼46 M⊙ yr-1. The sizes of the H II regions in the knots were determined from L(Hbeta) and range from ∼28 pc to ∼119 pc when a filling factor of 0.1 is assumed. The sizes are a factor of ∼2.15 smaller when a filling factor of 1 is assumed. Using Starburst99, and the EW(Halpha+[N II]) and EW(Hbeta), we estimate the ages of the star forming regions to be 5.5--10.5 Myr. From ground based spectra, the effective temperatures of the H II regions were found to be ∼11,000 K and the electron densities were determined to be ∼530 cm-3. We find that 8 of the knots likely formed with a Salpeter Initial Mass Function truncated at an upper mass of 30 M⊙ and that one of the knots likely formed with a standard Salpeter Initial Mass Function. We find that the knots formed with a median SFE ≈ 18%. The knots in our sample have stellar masses in the range ∼0.6 x 106 M⊙ up to ∼27 x 106 M⊙ . We suggest that the knots in our sample are likely the precursors of globular clusters.


Center; Forming; Interacting Galaxies; Ngc; Ngc 4194; Properties; Spectroscopic; Star; Star-forming; Starburst Galaxies; Study

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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