High Latitude HI in the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 7321

LD Matthews, Kenneth Wood

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Abstract

From the analysis of sensitive H I 21 cm line observations, we find evidence for vertically extended H I emission (\z\ less than or similar to 2.4 kpc) in the edge-on, low surface brightness spiral galaxy UGC 7321. Three-dimensional modeling suggests that the H I disk of UGC 7321 is both warped and flared, but that neither effect can fully reproduce the spatial distribution and kinematics of the highest z-height gas. We are able to model the high-latitude emission as an additional H I component in the form of a "thick disk'' or "halo'' with a FWHM of similar to3.3 kpc. We find tentative evidence that the vertically extended gas declines in rotational velocity as a function of z, although we are unable to completely rule out models with constant V(z). In spite of the low star formation rate of UGC 7321, energy from supernovae may be sufficient to sustain this high-latitude gas. However, alternative origins for this material, such as slow, sustained infall, cannot yet be excluded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721
Number of pages721
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume593
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2003

Keywords

  • galaxies : halos
  • galaxies : individual (UGC 7321)
  • galaxies : ISM
  • galaxies : spiral
  • DIFFUSE IONIZED-GAS
  • ALPHA ABSORPTION SYSTEMS
  • DISK COLOR GRADIENTS
  • INTERSTELLAR-MEDIUM
  • NEUTRAL HYDROGEN
  • SPIRAL GALAXIES
  • SUPERTHIN GALAXIES
  • GLOBAL PROPERTIES
  • ROTATION CURVE
  • GASEOUS EXTENT

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