Volume 455, Number 3, September I 2006
|Page(s)||835 - 843|
|Published online||16 August 2006|
Medium-resolution spectroscopy of galaxies with redshifts 2.3 3.5
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
2 Landessternwarte Heidelberg, Königstuhl 12, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
3 MPE Garching, Gießenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching, Germany
4 Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics, GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
5 Department of Physics, Catholic University of America, DC 20064, USA
6 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Accepted: 12 April 2006
Using FORS2 at the ESO VLT we obtained medium-resolution () spectra of 12 galaxies with in the FORS Deep Field. Two individual spectra with good S/N and a composite of all 12 spectra were used to derive properties of the stellar and interstellar absorption lines of galaxies in this redshift range. Systematic differences between the individual spectra were found for the strength and profiles of the intrinsic interstellar lines. For eight spectra with sufficient S/N, we measured the “1370” and “1425” metallicity indices, from which we find for our sample that galaxies at have lower mean metallicity than galaxies at . However uncertainties remain concerning the absolute calibration of the metallicity tracers in use for high-redshift galaxies. Additional modeling will be needed to resolve these uncertainties.
Key words: galaxies: high-redshift / galaxies: starburst / galaxies: abundances / galaxies: evolution
© ESO, 2006
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