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High-resolution Velocity Fields of Low-mass Disk Galaxies. I. CO Observations

Truong, PN; Newman, AB; Simon, JD; Blitz, L; Ellis, R; Bolatto, A; (2017) High-resolution Velocity Fields of Low-mass Disk Galaxies. I. CO Observations. Astrophysical Journal , 843 (1) , Article 37. 10.3847/1538-4357/aa76eb. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is the first in a series whose aim is to examine the relative distributions of dark and baryonic matter as a function of star formation history in a representative sample of low-mass disk galaxies. In this paper, we present high-resolution 12 CO(j=1→0) interferometry for a sample of 26 nearby dwarf galaxies that were obtained from the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA). Among these 26 galaxies, 14 have good CO detections, including 6 galaxies previously detected in single-dish CO measurements and 8 newly detected ones. We find a linear correlation between the CO flux and the mid- and far-IR flux from the WISE and IRAS catalogs. Compared to the far-IR flux, the mid-IR flux may be a better indication of whether a galaxy contains sufficient CO for detection at the level of instrument sensitivity of CARMA. This correlation might prove to be useful in future studies to help choosing other CO targets for observation. The median molecular mass (including helium) of our galaxies is 2.8×10 8 M⊙, which is consistent with past observations for dwarf galaxies. The molecular content is weakly correlated with the dynamical mass, r-band luminosity and size of the galaxies. The median ratios of molecular mass versus dynamical mass and molecular mass versus r-band luminosity are M mol M dyn ≈ 0.035 and M mol L r ≈ 0.078M⊙ L r , ⊙, respectively, which are also consistent with past observations for dwarf galaxies.

Type: Article
Title: High-resolution Velocity Fields of Low-mass Disk Galaxies. I. CO Observations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa76eb
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa76eb
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: dark matter; galaxies: dwarf; galaxies: halos; galaxies: kinematics and dynamics; galaxies: spiral
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041323
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