The Local Group dwarf leo T: HI on the brink of star formation

Emma V. Ryan-Weber*, Ayesha Begum, Tom Oosterloo, Sabyasachi Pal, Michael J. Irwin, Vasily Belokurov, N. Wyn Evans, Daniel B. Zucker

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We present Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope (GMRT) andWesterbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) observations of the recently discovered Local Group dwarf galaxy, Leo T. The peak HI column density is measured to be 7 x 1020 cm(-2), and the total HI mass is 2.8 x 10(5) M-circle dot,, based on a distance of 420 kpc. Leo T has both cold (similar to 500 K) and warm (similar to 6000 K) HI at its core, with a global velocity dispersion of 6.9 km s(-1), from which we derive a dynamical mass within the HI radius of 3.3 x 10(6) M-circle dot, and a mass-to-light ratio of > 50. We calculate the Jeans mass from the radial profiles of the HI column density and velocity dispersion, and predict that the gas should be globally stable against star formation. This finding is inconsistent with the half light radius of Leo T, which extends to 170 pc, and indicates that local conditions must determine where star formation takes place. Leo T is not only the lowest luminosity galaxy with on-going star formation discovered to date, but it is also the most dark matter-dominated, gas-rich dwarf in the Local Group.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)535-540
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - 21-feb-2008

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