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Astron. Astrophys. 342, 417-425 (1999)

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Fabry-Perot observations of the ionized gas in NGC 3938 *

J. Jiménez-Vicente 1, E. Battaner 1, M. Rozas 2, H. Castañeda 2 and C. Porcel 1

1 Departamento de Física Teórica y del Cosmos, Universidad de Granada, E-18071 Granada, Spain
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain

Received 21 August 1998 / Accepted 12 November 1998

Abstract

The nearly face-on spiral galaxy NGC 3938 has been observed in the [FORMULA] line with the TAURUS II Fabry-Perot interferometer at the William Herschel Telescope in order to study the kinematics of the ionized gas. We are able to construct intensity, velocity and velocity dispersion maps for this galaxy. The rotation curve of the galaxy is calculated up to 4.5 radial scale lengths from the galactic centre. The residual velocity field shows very small values with no systematic pattern. The mean velocity dispersion is approximately constant with radius at about 11 km s-1 as previously reported for the neutral and molecular gas. We have also studied the relation between intensity and velocity dispersion for the ionized gas. We have found that this distribution is compatible with a turbulent gas relaxing to a Kolmogorov type turbulence as the stationary regime. The average dispersion varies with intensity as [FORMULA] although it becomes much steeper at higher intensities, for which the dispersion is kept almost constant at a value of about 19 km s-1.

Key words: ISM: kinematics and dynamics – galaxies: individual: NGC 3938 – galaxies: ISM – galaxies: kinematics and dynamics – galaxies: spiral

* Based on observations made with the William Herschel Telescope operated on the island of La Palma by the Isaac Newton Group in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

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