Volume 482, Number 1, April IV 2008
|Page(s)||59 - 65|
|Published online||18 February 2008|
Ages and metallicities of circumnuclear star formation regions from Gemini IFU observations
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, IF, CP 15051, Porto Alegre 91501-970, RS, Brazil e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, 97110-000 Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
Accepted: 28 January 2008
Aims. We derive the age and metallicity of circumnuclear star formation regions (CNSFRs) located in the spiral galaxies NGC 6951 and NGC 1097 and investigate the cause of the very low equivalent widths of emission lines found for these regions.
Methods. We used optical two-dimensional spectroscopic data obtained with Gemini GMOS-IFUs and a grid of photoionization models to derive the the metallicities and ages of CNSFRs.
Results. We find star formation rates in the range 0.002–0.14 yr-1 and oxygen abundance of 12 + log(O/H) ≈ 8.8 dex, similar to those of most metal-rich nebulae located in the inner region of galactic disks.
Conclusions. We conclude that the very low emission-line equivalent widths observed in CNSFRs are caused by the “contamination” of the continuum by (1) contribution of the underlying bulge continuum combined with (2) contribution from previous episodes of star formation at the CNSFRs.
Key words: Galaxy: abundances / ISM: abundances / ISM: HII regions / ISM: evolution / Galaxy: bulge
© ESO, 2008
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