The nuclear ring in the barred spiral galaxy IC 4933

Stuart D. Ryder, Samuel M. Illingworth, Robert G. Sharp, Catherine L. Farage

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    Abstract

    We present infrared imaging from IRIS2 on the Anglo-Australian Telescope that shows the barred spiral galaxy IC 4933 has not just an inner ring encircling the bar, but also a star-forming nuclear ring 1.5 kpc in diameter. Imaging in the u′ band with GMOS on Gemini South confirms that this ring is not purely an artifact due to dust. Optical and near-infrared colours alone however cannot break the degeneracy between age, extinction, and burst duration that would allow the star formation history of the ring to be unraveled. Integral field spectroscopy with the GNIRS spectrograph on Gemini South shows the equivalent width of the Paβ line to peak in the north and south quadrants of the ring, indicative of a bipolar azimuthal age gradient around the ring. The youngest star-forming regions do not appear to correspond to where we expect to find the contact points between the offset dust lanes and the nuclear ring unless the nuclear ring is oval in shape, causing the contact points to lead the bar by more than 90°. © 2010 Astronomical Society of Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56-63
    Number of pages7
    JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Galaxies evolution
    • Galaxies individual (IC 4933)
    • Galaxies nuclei
    • Galaxies starburst
    • Stars formation

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