Spatially-Resolved Internal Kinematics of 〈z〉 ≈ 0.3 Field Galaxies: Evidence for Rotation
The nature of evolution in faint field galaxies remains a mystery. The Tully-Fisher relation, empirically relating the intrinsic luminosity of a spiral galaxy to its rotation speed, is an important tool for constraining the amount of luminosity evolution in distant field galaxies. Studying the luminosity-vs-linewidth relation for distant galaxies allows one to compare the luminosity of local and distant galaxies. The customary measure of a galaxy’s rotation speed is the width of an emission line. It is important, however, to test whether the linewidth is a reliable measure of the galaxy’s rotation speed or if it is dominated by turbulent motion within HII regions. In order to do this, we study the spatially-resolved kinematics and distribution of O[III] gas in about ten 〈B〉~21 field galaxies at 〈z〉≈0.3.