BUBBLY: A method for detecting and characterizing interstellar bubbles using Fabry-Perot spectroscopy [IMA]


We present a new method for the detection and characterization of expansion in galaxy discs based on H{\alpha} Fabry-Perot spectroscopy, taking advantage of the high spatial and velocity resolution of our instrument (GH{\alpha}FaS). The method analyses multi-peaked emission line profiles to find expansion along the line of sight on a point-by-point basis. At this stage we have centred our attention on the large scale structures of expanding gas associated with HII regions which show a characteristic pattern of expansion velocities, of order 100 km/s, as a result of both bubble shape and projection effects. We show an example of the expansion map obtained with our method from a superbubble detected in the Antennae galaxies. We use the information obtained from the method to measure the relevant physical parameters of the superbubbles, including their ages which can be used to date young star clusters.

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A. Camps-Farina, J. Zaragoza-Cardiel, J. Beckman, et. al.
Thu, 11 Dec 14

Comments: 10 pages, 5 figures