The impact of starbursts on the circumgalactic medium
MetadataShow full item record
We present a study exploring the impact of a starburst on the properties of the surrounding circumgalactic medium (CGM): gas located beyond the galaxy's stellar body and extending out to the virial radius (∼ 200 kpc). We obtained ultraviolet spectroscopic data from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) probing the CGM of 20 low-redshift foreground galaxies using background QSOs. Our sample consists of starburst and control galaxies. The latter comprises normal star-forming and passive galaxies with similar stellar masses and impact parameters as the starbursts. We used optical spectra from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to estimate the properties of the starbursts, inferring average ages of ∼ 200 Myr and burst fractions involving ∼ 10% of their stellar mass. The COS data reveal highly ionized gas traced by C IV in 80%(4/5) of the starburst and in 17%(2/12) of the control sample. The two control galaxies with C IV absorbers differed from the four starbursts in showing multiple low-ionization transitions and strong saturated Ly alpha lines. They therefore appear to be physically different systems. We show that the C IV absorbers in the starburst CGM represent a significant baryon repository. The high detection rate of this highly ionized material in the starbursts suggests that starburst-driven winds can affect the CGM out to radii as large as 200 kpc. This is plausible given the inferred properties of the starbursts and the known properties of starburst-driven winds. This would represent the first direct observational evidence of local starbursts impacting the bulk of their gaseous halos, and as such provides new evidence of the importance of this kind of feedback in the evolution of galaxies.
Borthakur , S , Heckman , T , Strickland , D , Wild , V & Schiminovich , D 2013 , ' The impact of starbursts on the circumgalactic medium ' Astrophysical Journal , vol. 768 , no. 1 , 18 . DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/768/1/18
© 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Items in the St Andrews Research Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Mendez Abreu, Jairo; Debattista, V. P.; Corsini, E. M.; Aguerri, J. A. L. (2014-12) - Journal articleContext. Historically, galaxy bulges were thought to be single-component objects at the center of galaxies. However, this picture is now questioned since different bulge types with different formation paths, namely classical ...
Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) : the wavelength-dependent sizes and profiles of galaxies revealed by MegaMorph Vulcani, Benedetta; Bamford, Steven P.; Haeussler, Boris; Vika, Marina; Rojas, Alex; Agius, Nicola K.; Baldry, Ivan; Bauer, Amanda E.; Brown, Michael J. I.; Driver, Simon; Graham, Alister W.; Kelvin, Lee S.; Liske, Jochen; Loveday, Jon; Popescu, Cristina C.; Robotham, Aaron S. G.; Tuffs, Richard J. (2014-06) - Journal articleWe investigate the relationship between colour and structure within galaxies using a large, volume-limited sample of bright, low-redshift galaxies with optical-near-infrared imaging from the Galaxy And Mass Assembly survey. ...
The UV continua and inferred stellar populations of galaxies at z ≃ 7-9 revealed by the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field 2012 campaign Dunlop, J. S.; Rogers, A. B.; McLure, R. J.; Ellis, R. S.; Robertson, B. E.; Koekemoer, A.; Dayal, P.; Curtis-Lake, E.; Wild, Vivienne; Charlot, S.; Bowler, R. A. A.; Schenker, M. A.; Ouchi, M.; Ono, Y.; Cirasuolo, M.; Furlanetto, S. R.; Stark, D. P.; Targett, T. A.; Schneider, E. (2013-07-11) - Journal articleWe use the new ultra-deep, near-infrared imaging of the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) provided by our UDF12 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Wide Field Camera 3/IR campaign to explore the rest-frame ultraviolet (UV) properties ...