The SAMI Galaxy Survey: The Low-Redshift Stellar Mass Tully-Fisher Relation

29 Nov 2017  ·  Bloom J. V., Croom S. M., Bryant J. J., Callingham J. R., Schaefer A. L., Cortese L., Hopkins A. M., DEugenio F., Scott N., Glazebrook K., Tonini C., McElroy R. E., Clark H., Catinella B., Allen J. T., Bland-Hawthorn J., Goodwin M., Green A. W., Konstantopoulos I. S., Lawrence J., Lorente N., Medling A. M., Owers M. S., Richards S. N., Sharp R. ·

We investigate the Tully-Fisher Relation (TFR) for a morphologically and kine- matically diverse sample of galaxies from the SAMI Galaxy Survey using 2 dimensional spatially resolved Halpha velocity maps and find a well defined relation across the stellar mass range of 8.0 < log(M*) < 11.5. We use an adaptation of kinemetry to parametrise the kinematic Halpha asymmetry of all galaxies in the sample, and find a correlation between scatter (i.e. residuals off the TFR) and asymmetry... This effect is pronounced at low stellar mass, corresponding to the inverse relationship between stellar mass and kinematic asymmetry found in previous work. For galaxies with log(M*) < 9.5, 25 +/- 3% are scattered below the root mean square (RMS) of the TFR, whereas for galaxies with log(M*) > 9.5 the fraction is 10 +/- 1% We use 'simulated slits' to directly compare our results with those from long slit spectroscopy and find that aligning slits with the photometric, rather than the kinematic, position angle, increases global scatter below the TFR. Further, kinematic asymmetry is correlated with misalignment between the photometric and kinematic position angles. This work demonstrates the value of 2D spatially resolved kinematics for accurate TFR studies; integral field spectroscopy reduces the underestimation of rotation velocity that can occur from slit positioning off the kinematic axis. read more

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