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Title: A magnified view of the kinematics and morphology of RCSGA 032727-132609: Zooming in on a merger at z = 1.7

We present a detailed analysis of multi-wavelength Hubble Space Telescope/Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) imaging and Keck/OSIRIS near-infrared adaptive optics-assisted integral field spectroscopy for a highly magnified lensed galaxy at z = 1.70. This young starburst is representative of ultraviolet-selected star-forming galaxies (SFGs) at z ∼ 2 and contains multiple individual star-forming regions. Due to the lensing magnification, we can resolve spatial scales down to 100 pc in the source plane of the galaxy. The velocity field shows disturbed kinematics suggestive of an ongoing interaction and there is a clear signature of a tidal tail. We constrain the age, reddening, star formation rate, and stellar mass of the star-forming clumps from spectral energy distribution (SED) modeling of the WFC3 photometry and measure their Hα luminosity, metallicity, and outflow properties from the OSIRIS data. With strong star-formation-driven outflows in four clumps, RCSGA0327 is the first high-redshift SFG at stellar mass <10{sup 10} M {sub ☉} with spatially resolved stellar winds. We compare the Hα luminosities, sizes, and dispersions of the star-forming regions with other high-z clumps as well as local giant H II regions and find no evidence for increased clump star formation surface densities in interacting systems, unlike in themore » local universe. Spatially resolved SED modeling unveils an established stellar population at the location of the largest clump and a second mass concentration near the edge of the system that is not detected in Hα emission. This suggests a picture of an equal-mass mixed major merger, which has not triggered a new burst of star formation or caused a tidal tail in the gas-poor component.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, Giessenbachstr., D-85741 Garching (Germany)
  2. Observational Cosmology Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (United States)
  3. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 5640 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (United States)
  4. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Michigan, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348144
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 781; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABUNDANCE; DISPERSIONS; EMISSION; ENERGY SPECTRA; GALAXIES; GRAVITATIONAL LENSES; LUMINOSITY; MASS; METALLICITY; PHOTOMETRY; RED SHIFT; SIMULATION; SPACE; SPECTROSCOPY; STARS; TELESCOPES; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION; UNIVERSE; VELOCITY; WAVELENGTHS