On the far-infrared metallicity diagnostics: applications to high-redshift galaxies

Rigopoulou, D.; Pereira-Santaella, M.; Magdis, G. E.; Cooray, A.; Farrah, D.; Marques-Chaves, R.; Perez-Fournon, I.; Riechers, D.
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 473, Issue 1, p.20-29

Fecha de publicación:
1
2018
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In an earlier paper we modelled the far-infrared emission from a star-forming galaxy using the photoionization code CLOUDY and presented metallicity sensitive diagnostics based on far-infrared fine structure line ratios. Here, we focus on the applicability of the [O III] 88 μm/[N II] 122 μm line ratio as a gas-phase metallicity indicator in high-redshift submillimetre luminous galaxies. The [O III] 88 μm/[N II] 122 μm ratio is strongly dependent on the ionization parameter (which is related to the total number of ionizing photons) and on the gas electron density. We demonstrate how the ratio of 88/122 μm continuum flux measurements can provide a reasonable estimate of the ionization parameter, while the availability of the [N II] 205 μm line can constrain the electron density. Using the [O III] 88 μm/[N II] 122 μm line ratios from a sample of nearby normal and star-forming galaxies, we measure their gas-phase metallicities and find that their mass-metallicity relation is consistent with the one derived using optical emission lines. Using new, previously unpublished, Herschel spectroscopic observations of key far-infrared fine structure lines of the z ∼ 3 galaxy HLSW-01 and additional published measurements of far-infrared fine structure lines of high-z submillimetre luminous galaxies, we derive gas-phase metallicities using their [O III] 88 μm/[N II] 122 μm line ratio. We find that the metallicities of these z ∼ 3 submm-luminous galaxies are consistent with solar metallicities and that they appear to follow the mass-metallicity relation expected for z ∼ 3 systems.
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