The Next Generation Fornax Survey (NGFS): V. Discovery of a dwarf-dwarf galaxy pair at z=0.30 and its characterization using deep VLT/MUSE observations. (arXiv:1902.02360v1 [astro-ph.GA])

The Next Generation Fornax Survey (NGFS): V. Discovery of a dwarf-dwarf galaxy pair at z=0.30 and its characterization using deep VLT/MUSE observations. (arXiv:1902.02360v1 [astro-ph.GA])
<a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Johnston_E/0/1/0/all/0/1">Evelyn J. Johnston</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Eigenthaler_P/0/1/0/all/0/1">Paul Eigenthaler</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Puzia_T/0/1/0/all/0/1">Thomas Puzia</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Ordenes_Briceno_Y/0/1/0/all/0/1">Yasna Ordenes-Brice&#xf1;o</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Taylor_M/0/1/0/all/0/1">Matthew A. Taylor</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Alamo_Martinez_K/0/1/0/all/0/1">Karla Alamo-Mart&#xed;nez</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Cote_P/0/1/0/all/0/1">Patrick C&#xf4;te</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Galaz_G/0/1/0/all/0/1">Gaspar Galaz</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Grebel_E/0/1/0/all/0/1">Eva Grebel</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Hilker_M/0/1/0/all/0/1">Michael Hilker</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Lancon_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Ariane Lan&#xe7;on</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Mieske_S/0/1/0/all/0/1">Steffen Mieske</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Sanchez_Janssen_R/0/1/0/all/0/1">Ruben S&#xe1;nchez-Janssen</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Rong_Y/0/1/0/all/0/1">Yu Rong</a>

We report the detection of a pair of dwarf galaxies at $z!=!0.30$ which may
be in the early stages of an interaction. Both galaxies have stellar masses of
$<10^{9}M_odot$, and display a projected separation of $sim!29$kpc and a physical separation of $sim!240$kpc. Evidence of ongoing star formation has been found in both galaxies, with neither one showing an enhanced star-formation rate that would be expected if they were already interacting. One galaxy displays a disturbed morphology but shows ordered gas rotation, which may reflect a previous minor merger event in the recent history of that system. The nearest spectroscopically confirmed neighbour lies at a distance of 38Mpc. These results indicate that these dwarf galaxies have no neighbouring massive galaxies, however with the data available we have been unable to determine whether these galaxies are isolated in the field or belong to a group of low-mass galaxies. As a detection of a rare dwarf-dwarf pair beyond the Local Universe, this system provides an uncommon opportunity to explore the properties of galaxy groups in the low-galaxy mass regime as a function of redshift.

We report the detection of a pair of dwarf galaxies at $z!=!0.30$ which may
be in the early stages of an interaction. Both galaxies have stellar masses of
$<10^{9}M_odot$, and display a projected separation of $sim!29$kpc and a
physical separation of $sim!240$kpc. Evidence of ongoing star formation has
been found in both galaxies, with neither one showing an enhanced
star-formation rate that would be expected if they were already interacting.
One galaxy displays a disturbed morphology but shows ordered gas rotation,
which may reflect a previous minor merger event in the recent history of that
system. The nearest spectroscopically confirmed neighbour lies at a distance of
38Mpc. These results indicate that these dwarf galaxies have no neighbouring
massive galaxies, however with the data available we have been unable to
determine whether these galaxies are isolated in the field or belong to a group
of low-mass galaxies. As a detection of a rare dwarf-dwarf pair beyond the
Local Universe, this system provides an uncommon opportunity to explore the
properties of galaxy groups in the low-galaxy mass regime as a function of
redshift.

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