The lyman alpha reference sample. II. Hubble space telescope imaging results, integrated properties, and trends

Matthew Hayes, Göran Östlin, Florent Duval, Andreas Sandberg, Lucia Guaita, Jens Melinder, Angela Adamo, Daniel Schaerer, Anne Verhamme, Ivana Orlitová, J. Miguel Mas-Hesse, John M. Cannon, Hakim Atek, Daniel Kunth, Peter Laursen, Héctor Otí-Floranes, Stephen Pardy, Thøger Rivera-Thorsen, E. Christian Herenz

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We report new results regarding the Lyα output of galaxies, derived from the Lyman Alpha Reference Sample, and focused on Hubble Space Telescope imaging. For 14 galaxies we present intensity images in Lyα, Hα, and UV, and maps of Hα/Hβ, Lyα equivalent width (EW), and Lyα/Hα. We present Lyα and UV radial light profiles and show they are well-fitted by Sérsic profiles, but Lyα profiles show indices systematically lower than those of the UV (n1-2 instead of ≳ 4). This reveals a general lack of the central concentration in Lyα that is ubiquitous in the UV. Photometric growth curves increase more slowly for Lyα than the far ultraviolet, showing that small apertures may underestimate the EW. For most galaxies, however, flux and EW curves flatten by radii 10 kpc, suggesting that if placed at high-z only a few of our galaxies would suffer from large flux losses. We compute global properties of the sample in large apertures, and show total Lyα luminosities to be independent of all other quantities. Normalized Lyα throughput, however, shows significant correlations: escape is found to be higher in galaxies of lower star formation rate, dust content, mass, and nebular quantities that suggest harder ionizing continuum and lower metallicity. Six galaxies would be selected as high-z Lyα emitters, based upon their luminosity and EW. We discuss the results in the context of high-z Lyα and UV samples. A few galaxies have EWs above 50 Å, and one shows of 80%; such objects have not previously been reported at low-z.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo6
PublicaciónAstrophysical Journal
EstadoPublicada - 10 feb 2014
Publicado de forma externa

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Astronomía y astrofísica
  • Ciencias planetarias y espacial


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