S. Arribas

Instituto de Estructura de la Materia, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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Publications (214)453.95 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We present a multi-wavelength integral field spectroscopic study of the low-z LIRG IRAS F11506-3851, on the basis of VIMOS and SINFONI (ESO-VLT) observations. The morphology and the 2D kinematics of the gaseous (neutral and ionized) and stellar components have been mapped using the NaD doublet, the H$\alpha$ line, and the near-IR CO(2-0) and CO(3-1) bands. The kinematics of the ionized gas and the stars are dominated by rotation, with large observed velocity amplitudes and centrally peaked velocity dispersion maps. The stars lag behind the warm gas and represent a dynamically hotter system, as indicated by the observed dynamical ratios. Thanks to these IFS data we have disentangled the contribution of the stars and the ISM to the NaD feature, finding that it is dominated by the absorption of neutral gas clouds in the ISM. The neutral gas 2D kinematics shows a complex structure dominated by two components. On the one hand, the thick slowly rotating disk lags significantly compared to the ionized gas and the stars, with an irregular and off-center velocity dispersion map. On the other hand, a kpc-scale neutral gas outflow is observed along the semi-minor axis of the galaxy, as revealed by large blueshifted velocities (30-154 km/s). We derive an outflowing mass rate in neutral gas of about 48 $\dot{M_{\rm w}}$/yr. Although this implies a global mass loading factor of 1.4, the 2D distribution of the ongoing SF suggests a much larger value of mass loading factor associated with the inner regions (R$<$200 pc), where the current SF represents only 3 percent of the total. All together these results strongly suggest that we are witnessing (nuclear) quenching due to SF feedback in IRAS F11506-3851. However, the relatively large mass of molecular gas detected in the nuclear region via the H2 1-0 S(1) line suggests that further episodes of SF may take place again.
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    ABSTRACT: We study the kinematic properties of the ambient ionized ISM and ionized gas outflows in a large and representative sample of local luminous and ultraluminous infrared galaxies (U/LIRGs) (58 systems, 75 galaxies), on the basis of integral field spectroscopy (IFS)-based high S/N integrated spectra at galactic and sub-galactic, i.e. star forming (SF) clumps, scales. Ambient ionized gas. The velocity dispersion of the ionized ISM in U/LIRGs ( ~ 70 kms-1) is larger than in lower luminosity local star forming galaxies ( ~ 25 kms-1). While for isolated disc LIRGs star formation appears to sustain turbulence, gravitational energy release associated to interactions and mergers plays an important role driving sigma in the U/LIRG range. We also find that the impact of an AGN in ULIRGs is strong, increasing sigma by a factor 1.5 on average. The observed weak dependency of sigma on SFR surface density for local U/LIRGs is in very good agreement with that measured in some high-z sources. Ionized outflows. The presence of ionized gas outflows in U/LIRGs seems universal based on the detection of a broad, usually blueshifted, Halpha line. AGNs in U/LIRGs are able to generate faster (x2) and more massive (x1.4) ionized gas outflows than pure starbursts. The derived ionized mass loading factors are in general below one, with only a few AGNs above this limit. Only a small fraction of the ionized material from low mass LIRGs (log(Mdyn/Msun) < 10.4) could reach the intergalactic medium, with more massive galaxies retaining the gas. The observed average outflow properties in U/LIRGs are similar to high-z galaxies of comparable SFR. In the bright SF clumps found in LIRGs, ionized gas outflows appear to be very common. For a given SFR surface density, outflows in LIRG clumps would be about one to two orders of magnitude less energetic than those launched by clumps in high-z SF galaxies.
    04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: We present and discuss the 2D kinematic properties of the ionized gas (Halpha) in a sample of 38 local (ultra) luminous infrared galaxies [(U)LIRGs] (31 LIRGs and 7 ULIRGs) observed with VIMOS at the VLT using integral field spectroscopy. This sample covers well the less studied LIRG luminosity range and includes isolated disks, interacting systems, and mergers. The majority of the galaxies have two main kinematically distinct components. One component (i.e., narrow or systemic) extends over the whole line-emitting region and is characterized by small to intermediate velocity dispersions (i.e., sigma from 30 to 160 km s^-1). It traces the overall velocity field. The second component (broad) has in general a larger velocity dispersion (up to 320 km s^-1), mainly found in the inner regions and generally blueshifted with respect to the systemic component. Most of the objects (76%) are dominated by rotation, more relevant in LIRGs than in ULIRGs. Isolated disks, interacting galaxies, and merging systems define a sequence of increasing mean velocity dispersion, and decreasing velocity field amplitude.The LIRGs classified as isolated disks have similar velocity amplitudes but larger mean velocity dispersions (44 vs. 24 km s^-1) than local spirals, implying a larger turbulence and thicker disks. Interacting systems and mergers have values closer to those of low velocity dispersion ellipticals/lenticular galaxies (E/SOs). The (U)LIRGs classified as mergers have kinematic properties similar to those shown by the Lyman break analogs (LBAs). The dynamical masses range from \sim 0.04 m* to 1.4 m* (i.e., m* = 1.4x10^{11} Msun), with ULIRGs (M{dyn} sim 0.5 +/- 0.2 m*) being more massive than LIRGs by, on average, a factor of about 2. The mass ratio of individual pre-coalescence galaxies is <2.5 for most of the systems, confirming that most (U)LIRG mergers involve sub-m* galaxies of similar mass.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 07/2013; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present results of CO(1-0) spectroscopic observations of 10 SDSS type 2 quasars (QSO2) at z~0.2-0.3 observed with the 30m IRAM radiotelescope and the Australia Telescope Compact Array. We report 5 new confirmed CO(1-0) detections and 1 tentative detection. They have L'(CO)~several x 1e9 K km s-1 pc^2, while upper limits for the non detections are L'(CO)<~ several x 1e9 K km s-1 pc^2. This study increases the total number of QSO2 with CO measurements at z<~1 to 20, with a 50% detection rate.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 06/2013; · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present a 2D study of the internal extinction on (sub)kiloparsec scales of a sample of local (z<0.1) (U)LIRGs, based on near-infrared Pa_a, Br_d, and Br_g line ratios, obtained with VLT-SINFONI integral-field spectroscopy. The 2D extinction (Av) distributions of the objects, map regions of ~3x3 kpc (LIRGs) and ~12x12 kpc (ULIRGs), with average angular resolutions (FWHM) of ~0.2 kpc and ~0.9 kpc, respectively. The individual Av galaxy distributions indicate a very clumpy dust structure already on sub-kiloparsec scales, with values (per spaxel) ranging from Av ~ 1 to 20 mag in LIRGs, and from Av ~ 2 to 15 mag in ULIRGs. As a class, the median values of the distributions are Av=5.3 mag and Av=6.5 mag for the LIRG and ULIRG subsamples, respectively. We evaluated the effects of the galaxy distance in the measurements of the extinction as a function of the linear scale (in kpc) of the spaxel (i.e. due to the limited angular resolution of the observations). If the distribution of the gas/dust and star-forming regions in local LIRGs (63 Mpc, 40 pc/spaxel on average) is the same for galaxies at greater distances, the observed median Av values based on emission line ratios would be a factor ~0.8 lower at the average distance of our ULIRG sample (328 Mpc, 0.2 kpc/spaxel), and a factor ~0.67 for galaxies located at distances of more than 800 Mpc (0.4 kpc/spaxel). This distance effect would have implications for deriving the intrinsic extinction in high-z star-forming galaxies and for subsequent properties such as star formation rate, star formation surface density, and KS- law, based on H_alpha line fluxes. If local LIRGs are analogues of the main-sequence star-forming galaxies at cosmological distances, the extinction values (Av) derived from the observed emission lines in these high-z sources would need to be increased by a factor 1.4 on average.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 04/2013; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present an atlas of a sample of local (U)LIRGs covering the luminosity range log(L_IR/L_sun)=11.1-12.4. The atlas is based on near-infrared H and K-band VLT-SINFONI IFS, and presents the ionised, partially ionised, and warm molecular gas 2D flux distributions and kinematics over a FoV of 3x3 kpc (LIRGs) and 12x12kpc (ULIRGs) and with average linear resolutions of 0.2kpc and 0.9kpc, respectively. The different phases of the gas show a wide morphological variety with the nucleus as the brightest Br_g source for 33% of the LIRGs and 71% of the ULIRGs, whereas all the (U)LIRGs have their maximum H_2 emission in their nuclear regions. In LIRGs, the ionised gas distribution is dominated by the emission from the star-forming rings or giant HII regions in the spiral arms. The Br_g and [FeII] line at 1.644 micron trace the same structures, although the emission peaks at different locations in some of the objects, and the [FeII] seems to be more extended and diffuse. The ULIRG subsample contains mainly pre-coalescence interacting systems. Although the peaks of the molecular gas emission and the continuum coincide in 71% of the ULIRGs, regions with intense Pa_a (Br_g) emission tracing luminous star-forming regions located at distances of 2-4kpc away from the nucleus are also detected, usually associated with secondary nuclei or tidal tails. The gas kinematics in LIRGs are primarily due to rotational motions around the centre of the galaxy, although local deviations associated with radial flows and/or regions of higher velocity dispersions are present. The ionised and molecular gas share the same kinematics to first order, showing slight differences in the velocity amplitudes in some cases, whereas the average velocity dispersions are compatible within uncertainties. As expected, the kinematics of the ULIRG subsample is more complex, owing to the interacting nature of the objects of the sample.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 09/2012; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HARMONI is a visible and near-IR integral field spectrograph, providing the E-ELT's spectroscopic capability at first light. It obtains simultaneous spectra of 32000 spaxels, at a range of resolving powers from R~4000 to R~20000, covering the wavelength range from 0.47 to 2.45 μm. The 256 × 128 spaxel field of view has four different plate scales, with the coarsest scale (40 mas) providing a 5″ × 10″ FoV, while the finest scale is a factor of 10 finer (4mas). We describe the opto-mechanical design of HARMONI, prior to the start of preliminary design, including the main subsystems - namely the image de-rotator, the scale-changing optics, the splitting and slicing optics, and the spectrographs. We also present the secondary guiding system, the pupil imaging optics, the field and pupil stops, the natural guide star wavefront sensor, and the calibration unit.
    Proc SPIE 09/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: H- and K-band stacked spectra of the U/LIRG sample, divided into three subsets with log(LIR\L⊙)<11.35 (low infra-red luminosity), 11.35<=log(LIR\L⊙)<12 (intermediate infra-red luminosity), and log(LIR\L⊙)>=12 (high infra-red luminosity). The spectra are normalised to a linear fit of the continuum measured within the intervals [1.600, 1.610]um and [1.690, 1.700]um for the H-band and [2.080, 2.115]um and [2.172, 2.204]um for the K-band. The spectra of each galaxy in each luminosity bin are derotated, rebinned, stacked, and convolved to a resolution of 10Å (FWHM) to achieve a homogeneous resolution. See the text for further details. (5 data files).
    VizieR Online Data Catalog. 08/2012;
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    E. Bellocchi, S. Arribas, L. Colina
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    ABSTRACT: We have obtained VIMOS/VLT optical integral field spectroscopy (IFS) data for a sample of 4 LIRGs which have been selected at a similar distance ($\sim$ 70 Mpc) to avoid relative resolution effects. They have been classified in two groups (isolated disk and post-coalescence mergers) according to their morphology. The $kinemetry$ method (developed by Krajnovic and coworkers) is used to characterize the kinematic properties of these galaxies and to discuss new criteria for distinguishing their status. We present and discuss new kinematic maps (i.e., velocity field and velocity dispersion) for these four galaxies. The morphological and kinematic classifications of these systems are consistent, with disks having lower kinematic asymmetries than post-coalescence mergers. We then propose and discuss a new kinematic criterion to differentiate these two groups. This criterion distinguishes better these two categories and has the advantage of being less sensitive to angular resolution effects. According to the previous criteria,the present post-coalescence systems would have been classified as disks. This indicates that the separation of disks from mergers is subjective to the definition of `merger'. It also suggests that previous estimates of the merger/disk ratio could have been underestimated, but larger samples are necessary to establish a firmer conclusion.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 03/2012; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aims. We study the analogy between local U/LIRGs and high-z massive SFGs by comparing basic H{\alpha} structural characteristics, such as size, and luminosity (and SFR) surface density, in an homogeneous way (i.e. same tracer and size definition, similar physical scales). Methods. We use Integral Field Spectroscopy based H{\alpha} emission maps for a representative sample of 54 local U/LIRGs (66 galaxies). From this initial sample we select 26 objects with H{\alpha} luminosities (L(H{\alpha})) similar to those of massive (i.e. M\ast \sim 10^10 M\odot or larger) SFGs at z \sim 2, and observed on similar physical scales. Results. The sizes of the H{\alpha} emitting region in the sample of local U/LIRGs span a large range, with r1/2(H{\alpha}) from 0.2 to 7 kpc. However, about 2/3 of local U/LIRGs with Lir > 10^11.4 L\odot have compact H{\alpha} emission (i.e. r1/2 < 2 kpc). The comparison sample of local U/LIRGs also shows a higher fraction (59%) of objects with compact H{\alpha} emission than the high-z sample (25%). This gives further support to the idea that for this luminosity range the size of the star forming region is a distinctive factor between local and distant galaxies of similar SF rates. However, when using H{\alpha} as a tracer for both local and high-z samples, the differences are smaller than the ones recently reported using a variety of other tracers. Despite of the higher fraction of galaxies with compact H{\alpha} emission, a sizable group (\sim 1/3) of local U/LIRGs are large (i.e. r1/2 > 2 kpc). These are systems showing pre-coalescence merger activity and they are indistinguishable from the massive high-z SFGs galaxies in terms of their H{\alpha} sizes, and luminosity and SFR surface densities.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 02/2012; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Spatially resolved near-IR and X-ray imaging of the central region of the Luminous Infrared Galaxy NGC 5135 is presented. The kinematical signatures of strong outflows are detected in the [FeII]1.64 \mu m emission line in a compact region at 0.9 kpc from the nucleus. The derived mechanical energy release is consistent with a supernova rate of 0.05-0.1 yr$^{-1}$. The apex of the outflowing gas spatially coincides with the strongest [FeII] emission peak and with the dominant component of the extranuclear hard X-ray emission. All these features provide evidence for a plausible direct physical link between supernova-driven outflows and the hard X-ray emitting gas in a LIRG. This result is consistent with model predictions of starbursts concentrated in small volumes and with high thermalization efficiencies. A single high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) as the major source of the hard X-ray emission although not favoured, cannot be ruled out. Outside the AGN, the hard X-ray emission in NGC 5135 appears to be dominated by the hot ISM produced by supernova explosions in a compact star-forming region, and not by the emission due to HMXB. If this scenario is common to U/LIRGs, the hard X-rays would only trace the most compact (< 100 pc) regions with high supernova and star formation densities, therefore a lower limit to their integrated star formation. The SFR derived in NGC 5135 based on its hard X-ray luminosity is a factor of two and four lower than the values obtained from the 24 \mu m and soft X-ray luminosities, respectively.
    The Astrophysical Journal 02/2012; 749(2). · 6.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We propose and explore the potential of a method to extract high signal-to-noise (S/N) integrated spectra related to physical and/or morphological regions on a 2-dimensional field using Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) observations by employing an optimization procedure based on either continuum (stellar) or line (nebular) emission features. The optimization method is applied to a set of IFS VLT-VIMOS observations of (U)LIRG galaxies, describing the advantages of the optimization by comparing the results with a fixed-aperture, single spectrum case, and by implementing some statistical tests. We demonstrate that the S/N of the IFS optimized integrated spectra is significantly enhanced when compared with the single aperture unprocessed case. We provide an iterative user-friendly and versatile IDL algorithm that allows the user to spatially integrate spectra following more standard procedures. This is made available to the community as part of the PINGSoft IFS software package.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 12/2011; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The observational study of star formation relations in galaxies is central to unraveling the physical processes at work on local and global scales. We wish to expand the sample of extreme starbursts, represented by local LIRGs and ULIRGs, with high quality observations in the 1-0 line of HCN. We study if a universal law can account for the star formation relations observed for the dense molecular gas in normal star forming galaxies and extreme starbursts. We have used the IRAM 30m telescope to observe a sample of 19 LIRGs in the 1-0 lines of CO, HCN and HCO+. The analysis of the new data proves that the efficiency of star formation in the dense molecular gas (SFE-dense) of extreme starbursts is a factor 3-4 higher compared to normal galaxies. We find a duality in Kennicutt-Schmidt (KS) laws that is reinforced if we account for the different conversion factor for HCN (alpha-HCN) in extreme starbursts and for the unobscured star formation rate in normal galaxies. This result extends to the higher molecular densities probed by HCN lines the more extreme bimodal behavior of star formation laws, derived from CO molecular lines by two recent surveys. We have confronted our observations with the predictions of theoretical models in which the efficiency of star formation is determined by the ratio of a constant star formation rate per free-fall time (SFR-ff) to the local free-fall time. We find that it is possible to fit the observed differences in the SFE-dense between normal galaxies and LIRGs/ULIRGs using a common constant SFR-ff and a set of physically acceptable HCN densities, but only if SFR-ff~0.005-0.01 and/or if alpha-HCN is a factor of a few lower than our favored values. Star formation recipes that explicitly depend on the galaxy global dynamical time scales do not significantly improve the fit to the new HCN data presented in this work.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 11/2011; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: (Abridged)This paper characterizes the physical and kinematic properties of external massive star-forming regions in a sample of (U)LIRGs. We use high angular resolution ACS images from the HST B and I bands, as well as Halpha-line emission maps obtained with IFS. We find 31 external Halpha-emitting (young star-forming) complexes in 11 (U)LIRGs. These complexes have in general similar sizes, luminosities, and metallicities to extragalactic giant HII regions and TDG candidates found in less luminous mergers and compact groups of galaxies. We assess the mass content and the likelihood of survival as TDGs of the 22 complexes with simple structures in the HST images based on their photometric, structural, and kinematic properties. The dynamical tracers used (radius-sigma and luminosity-sigma diagrams) indicate that most of the complexes might be self-gravitating entities. The resistance to forces from the parent galaxy is studied by considering the tidal mass of the candidate and its relative velocity with respect to the parent galaxy. After combining the results of previous studies of TDG searches in ULIRGs a total of 9 complexes satisfy most of the applied criteria and thus show a high-medium or high likelihood of survival, their total mass likely being compatible with that of dwarf galaxies. They are defined as TDG candidates. We propose that they probably formed more often during the early phases of the interaction. Combining all data for complexes with IFS data where a significant fraction of the system is covered, we infer a TDG production rate of 0.3 candidates with the highest probabilities of survival per system for the (U)LIRGs class. This rate, though, might decrease to 0.1 after the systems in (U)LIRGs have evolved for 10 Gyr, for long-lived TDGs, which would imply that no more than 5-10 % of the overall dwarf population could be of tidal origin.
    Astronomy and Astrophysics 11/2011; · 5.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A statistical analysis of almost 3000 star forming regions (knots) in a representative sample of 32 (U)LIRGs has been performed by means of high angular resolution ACS/HST B and I images. We present the results of the photometric characterization of these star forming regions as a function of the infrared luminosity of the systems (we have split the sample in three luminosity bins) and the interaction phase (four interaction phases have been defined). Properties such as sizes, colors and luminosities are compared with those of clusters observed in less luminous interacting galaxies and the state-of-the-art models of major mergers.
    11/2011;
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    ABSTRACT: The HARMONI integral field spectrograph concept is one of the two instruments chosen to form the first-light instrument complement at the E-ELT. HARMONI is a work-horse instrument, operating over a large wavelength range (V to K), with many different spatial scales (diffraction limited to seeing limited) and moderate to high spectral resolving power (5000 to 20000). It is designed to work in conjunction with several different AO systems at the E-ELT: GLAO provided by the telescope, LTAO provided by the dedicated facility ATLAS, and SCAO incorporated within the instrument itself. We present the conceptual design of HARMONI, and discuss the challenges involved in working with many different flavours of AO, over a wide range of spatial resolutions. We briefly present the science cases that drive the instrument design, and highlight the innovative aspects of the design, operation and calibration of HARMONI.
    09/2011;
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    ABSTRACT: Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introductory review and technical approaches Martin M. Roth; 2. Observational procedures and data reduction James E. H. Turner; 3. 3D Spectroscopy instrumentation M. A. Bershady; 4. Analysis of 3D data Pierre Ferruit; 5. Science motivation for IFS and galactic studies F. Eisenhauer; 6. Extragalactic studies and future IFS science Luis Colina; 7. Tutorials: how to handle 3D spectroscopy data Sebastian F. Sánchez, Begona García-Lorenzo and Arlette Pécontal-Rousset.
    3D Spectroscopy in Astronomy, by Evencio Mediavilla , Santiago Arribas , Martin Roth , Jordi Cepa-Nogué , Francisco Sánchez, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 09/2011;
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    ABSTRACT: We have analyzed the spatially integrated kinematic properties of the ionized gas within the inner r<few kpc in 13 optically selected SDSS type 2 quasars at z~0.3-0.6, using the [OIII]4959,5007 lines. The line profiles show a significant asymmetry in 11 objects. There is a clear preference for blue asymmetries, which are found in 9/13 quasars at 10% intensity level. In coherence with studies on other types of active and non active galaxies, we propose that the asymmetries are produced by outflows where differential dust extinction is at work. This scenario is favoured by other results we find: in addition to quiescent ambient gas, whose kinematic properties are consistent with gravitational motions, we have discovered highly perturbed gas in all objects. This gas emits very broad lines (R=FWHM[OIII]/FWHM(stars)>~2). While the quiescent gas shows small or null velocity shifts relative to the systemic velocity, the highly perturbed gas trends to show larger shifts which, moreover, are blueshifts in general. Within a given object, the most perturbed gas trends to have the largest blueshift as well. All together support that the perturbed gas, which is responsible for the blue asymmetries of the line profiles, is outflowing. Although some bias affects the sample, we argue that ionized gas outflows are a common phenomenon in optically selected type 2 quasars at 0.3< z < 0.6.
    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 08/2011; 418. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: (abridged)We present a comprehensive characterization of the general properties (luminosity functions, mass, size, ages, etc) of optically selected compact stellar objects (knots) in a representative sample of 32 low-z (U)LIRGs. We use ACS images from the Hubble Space Telescope in F435W and F814W bands. The galaxies in the sample represent different interaction phases and cover a wide luminosity range (11.46 \leq log (L_IR (Lsun)) \leq 12.54). With a median size of 32 pc, most of the nearly 3000 knots detected consists of complexes of star clusters. Some of the knots (~15%) are so blue that their colors indicate a young (i.e., < 30 Myr) and almost extinction-free population. There is a clear correlation of the mass of these blue knots with their radius, M \propto R^{1.91\pm0.14}, similar to that found in complexes of clusters in M51 and in Giant Molecular Clouds. This suggests that the star formation within the knots is proportional to the gas density at any given radius. The star formation of all the knots is characterized by luminosity functions (LFs) of the knots with slopes close to 2. Though, we see a marginally significant indication that the LF evolves with the interaction process, becoming steeper from early to advanced merger phases. Due to size-of-sample effects we are probably sampling knots in ULIRGs intrinsically more luminous (x4) than in less luminous systems. They also have sizes and are likely to have masses characteristic of clumps in galaxies at z \gtrsim 1. Knots in post-mergers are on average larger (x 1.3-2), more luminous (2 mag) in the I-band, and 0.5 mag redder than those in systems in earlier phases. Two scenarios are briefly discussed: (1) the likely presence of relatively high extinction in the most advanced mergers; (2) the dissolution of the less massive clusters and/or their coalescence into more massive, evolved superclusters.
    The Astronomical Journal 07/2011; 142(3). · 4.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the observations and preliminary results of the gas-phase analysis based on two ongoing, wide-field Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) surveys: the PPAK IFS Nearby Galaxies Survey (PINGS), targeting disc galaxies; and the VIMOS-IFU observations of low-z (Ultra)Luminous Infrared Galaxies (U-LIRGs), the local counterpart of massive, dusty high-z star-forming galaxies. We describe how these observations are allowing to discover and characterise abundance differentials between galactic substructures and differences depending on the morphologically/dynamically distinct types of objects, which in turn will allow us to interpret the gas-phase abundances of analogue high-z systems.
    04/2011;

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907 Citations
453.95 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2007–2011
    • Instituto de Estructura de la Materia
      Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • 1987–2009
    • Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
      San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain
  • 2002–2008
    • Space Telescope Science Institute
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 2003
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • 1999
    • Spanish National Research Council
      Hispalis, Andalusia, Spain
  • 1988
    • University of Oxford
      Oxford, England, United Kingdom