Parametric Relations of H II Galaxies

  • E. Telles
  • R. Terlevich


The integrated Hβ luminosities of giant H II regions and of H II galaxies can be predicted with accuracy comparable to the observational errors from the velocity widths of their emission-line profiles. In addition, giant H II regions also present a relation between linear size and their emission-line width. Based on the similarity of these relations with those expected for virialized systems, Terlevich and Melnick interpreted the observed supersonic motions as due to the gravitational potential of a complex of gas and stars.


Star Formation Velocity Dispersion Linear Size Surface Brightness Elliptical Galaxy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Telles
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Terlevich
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Royal Greenwich ObservatoryCambridgeUK

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