Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Astronomy, no. 58, p. 21-23 (2018)
Diffuse star-forming galaxies: thermal emission in radio continuum at 1.4 GHz
S. Parnovsky, Dr. Sci, prof.
I. Izotova, Ph. D.
Astronomical Observatory of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv
We determine the fraction of thermal radio emission in the total flux at the frequency of 1.4 GHz in 30 diffuse star-forming galaxies using the approach described in the paper by Parnovsky and Izotova (Astronomische Nachrichten, 2015 Vol.336, Issue 3, p.276). We use the sample of diffuse galaxies with active star formation selected from the Data Release 12 (DR12) of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The SDSS spectroscopic data for diffuse galaxies were supplemented by radio data from the FIRST and NVSS catalogues. From the fluxes in the Hβ emission line corrected for extinction and aperture we estimate the fluxes of thermal component of the radio emission at the 1.4 GHz using the result of the paper by J. Caplan and L. Deharveng (Astron. Astrophys. 1986, V. 155, P.297) and compare them with total fluxes from the FIRST and NVSS. In the sample of diffuse galaxies with active star formation, the distribution of the fraction of thermal radio emission A is similar to the lognormal one with the median value of 6 %. This is less than the median value which was derived earlier by Parnovsky and Izotova for a sample of compact star-forming galaxies, but both distributions of A are similar. We study the dependence of A on the W equivalent width of the Hβ emission line and on the I colour index g-r. The fraction of thermal component increases with increasing of the equivalent width of the Hβ emission line if a colour index is constant or an increasing of the colour index at a fixed equivalent width W.
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