Hα3: an Hα imaging survey of HI selected galaxies from ALFALFA
G. Gavazzi1, M. Fumagalli2, V. Galardo1, F. Grossetti1, A. Boselli3, R. Giovanelli4, M. P. Haynes4 and S. Fabello5
1 Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 3, 20126 Milano, Italy
2 Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
3 Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, UMR 6110 CNRS, 38 rue F. Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille, France
4 Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Space Science Building, Ithaca, NY, 14853, USA
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5 Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, Postfach 1317, 85741 Garching, Germany
Received: 8 January 2012
Accepted: 21 May 2012
Context. We present Hα3 (acronym for Hα − αα), an Hα narrow-band imaging survey of ~400 galaxies selected from the HI Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA Survey (ALFALFA) in the Local Supercluster, including the Virgo cluster.
Aims. By using hydrogen recombination lines as a tracer of recent star formation, we aim to investigate the relationships between atomic neutral gas and newly formed stars in different environments (cluster and field), morphological types (spirals and dwarfs), and over a wide range of stellar masses (~107.5 − 1011.5 M⊙).
Methods. We image in Hα+[NII] all the galaxies that contain more than 107 M⊙ of neutral atomic hydrogen in the sky region 11h < RA < 16h; 4° < Dec < 16°; 350 < cz < 2000 km s-1 using the San Pedro Martir 2 m telescope. This survey provides a complete census of the star formation in HI rich galaxies of the local universe.
Results. We present the properties of the galaxy sample, together with Hα fluxes and equivalent widths. We find an excellent agreement between the fluxes determined from our images in apertures of 3 arcsec diameter and the fluxes derived from the SDSS spectral database. From the Hα fluxes corrected for galactic and internal extinction and for [NII] contamination we derive the global star formation rates (SFRs).
Key words: galaxies: clusters: individual: Virgo / galaxies: fundamental parameters / galaxies: ISM
Observations taken at the observatory of San Pedro Martir (Baja California, Mexico), belonging to the Mexican Observatorio Astronómico Nacional.
FITS images for all galaxies are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (220.127.116.11) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/545/A16
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