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Volume 400, Number 3, March IV 2003
Page(s) 841 - 857
Section Galactic structure and dynamics
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20021913

A&A 400, 841-857 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20021913

Possibly interacting Vorontsov-Velyaminov galaxies

II. The 6-m telescope spectroscopy of VV 080, 131, 499, 523 and 531
S. Pustilnik1, 2, A. Zasov3, A. Kniazev1, 4, 2, A. Pramskij1, 2, A. Ugryumov1, 2 and A. Burenkov1, 2

1  Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, Karachai-Circassia, 369167, Russia
2  Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, SAO Branch
3  Sternberg Astronomical Institute of the Moscow State University, Universitetsky Pr., 13, Moscow, 119899, Russia
4  Max Planck Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117, Heidelberg, Germany

(Received 21 August 2002 / Accepted 29 November 2002 )

In continuation of the program formulated in Paper I we present results of long-slit spectroscopy with the Russian 6-m telescope of five more objects from the Vorontsov-Velyaminov (hereafter VV) Atlas and Catalogue of Interacting galaxies. These are the galaxies for which the interaction is not evident, although all of them are classified as multiple systems (usually as "nests", "chains" and similar systems). The spectrophotometry data enable us to derive for all galaxies abundances of O, and for some of them abundances of N, Ne and S. For two of them chemical abundances are given for the first time. In spectra of three of the studied galaxies [ $\ion{O}{iii}$] $\lambda$4363 line is measured, and T</I>e and oxygen abundance are derived by the classical method. For the two others, empirical methods are used. For all 5 galaxies, the radial velocity distribution along the slit was obtained in the H $\alpha$-line. The studied galaxies represent a rather mixed sample: from very low luminosity irregular galaxies, like VV 499 (DDO 053), to rather bright VV 523 (NGC 3991). Their metallicities vary from $Z\sim 1/25~Z$ $_{\odot}$ for VV 499 to ~1/2  Z $_{\odot}$ for VV 523. The morphology of these galaxies ranges between typical dIrr (VV 080) through ring-like (VV 131) to clumpy Irr (VV 523). Position-Velocity diagrams in the H $\alpha$-line along the galaxy body imply the existence of large-scale ionized gas outflows/supershells around the sites of intense current and/or recent SF activity. Sizes of supershells vary in the range of several hundred pc to ~2 kpc. For all studied galaxies we examine their local environment and indicate the nearest neighbouring objects capable of inducing the observed enhanced star formation.

Key words: galaxies: interactions -- galaxies: abundances -- galaxies: starburst -- galaxies: irregular -- galaxies: general

Offprint request: S. Pustilnik, sap@sao.ru

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