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Volume 431, Number 3, March I 2005
Page(s) 813 - 823
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20041884

A&A 431, 813-823 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20041884

The peculiar galaxy Mkn 298 revisited with integral field spectroscopy

M. Radovich1, S. Ciroi2, M. Contini3, 2, P. Rafanelli2, V. L. Afanasiev4, 2 and S. N. Dodonov4, 2

1  INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, via Moiariello 16, 80131, Napoli, Italy
    e-mail: radovich@na.astro.it
2  Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio 2, 35122 Padova, Italy
    e-mail: [ciroi;piraf]@pd.astro.it
3  School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, 69978 Israel
    e-mail: contini@post.tau.ac.il
4  Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, 369167 Russia
    e-mail: [vafan;dodo]@sao.ru

(Received 23 August 2004 / Accepted 4 October 2004)

Spectroscopic and imaging data of the peculiar galaxy Mkn 298 are presented. Narrow-band H $\alpha$ and broad-band R images are used to study the star formation rate in the galaxy and its morphology, which is typical of a merging system. Long-slit and integral field spectra are used to assess the kinematics of gas and stars, and the nature of the ionizing source at different distances from the nucleus. In particular, the nucleus of Mkn 298 is characterized by peculiar line ratios: $\ion{[N}{ii]}$ $\lambda6583$/H $\alpha$ is typical of $\ion{H}{ii}$-like regions, while $\ion{[O}{i]}$ $\lambda6300$/H $\alpha$ could indicate the presence of an active galactic nucleus. We show that models where a shock component is added to photoionization from a starburst allow us to reproduce the observed line ratios. Mkn 298 is thus most likely a star-forming galaxy, rather than a galaxy hosting an active nucleus.

Key words: galaxies: peculiar -- galaxies: individual: Mkn 298 -- shock waves

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