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An investigation of the luminosity-metallicity relation for a large sample of low-metallicity emission-line galaxies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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2009 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 505, no 1, 63-U98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Context. We present 8.2m VLT spectroscopic observations of 28 H II regions in 16 emission-line galaxies and 3.6m ESO telescope spectroscopic observations of 38 H II regions in 28 emission-line galaxies. These emission-line galaxies were selected mainly from the data release 6 (DR6) of the Sloan digital sky survey (SDSS) as metal-deficient galaxy candidates. Aims. We collect photometric and high-quality spectroscopic data for a large uniform sample of star forming galaxies including new observations. Our aim is to study the luminosity-metallicity (L-Z) relation for nearby galaxies, especially at its low-metallicity end and compare it with that for higher-redshift galaxies. Methods. Physical conditions and element abundances in the new sample are derived with the T-e-method, excluding six H II regions from the VLT observations and nearly two third of the H II regions from the 3.6m observations. Element abundances for the latter galaxies were derived with the semiempirical strong-line method. Results. From our new observations we find that the oxygen abundance in 61 out of the 66 H II regions of our sample ranges from 12 + log O/H = 7.05 to 8.22. Our sample includes 27 new galaxies with 12 + log O/H < 7.6 which qualify as extremely metal-poor star-forming galaxies (XBCDs). Among them are 10 H II regions with 12 + log O/H < 7.3. The new sample is combined with a further 93 low-metallicity galaxies with accurate oxygen abundance determinations from our previous studies, yielding in total a high-quality spectroscopic data set of 154 H II regions. 9000 more galaxies with oxygen abundances, based mainly on the T-e-method, are compiled from the SDSS. Photometric data for all galaxies of our combined sample are taken from the SDSS database while distances are from the NED. Our data set spans a range of 8 mag with respect to its absolute magnitude in SDSS g (-12 greater than or similar to M-g greater than or similar to -20) and nearly 2 dex in its oxygen abundance (7.0 less than or similar to 12 + log O/H less than or similar to 8.8), allowing us to probe the L-Z relation in the nearby universe down to the lowest currently studied metallicity level. The L-Z relation established on the basis of the present sample is consistent with previous ones obtained for emission-line galaxies.

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2009. Vol. 505, no 1, 63-U98 p.
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galaxies: abundances, galaxies: starburst, galaxies: ISM, galaxies: fundamental parameters
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-127508DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200912414ISI: 000270436000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-127508DiVA: diva2:330481
Available from: 2010-07-15 Created: 2010-07-13 Last updated: 2010-07-15Bibliographically approved

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