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The OTELO survey: Nature and mass-metallicity relation for H α emitters at z∼0.4

Nadolny, Jakub;  Lara-López, Maritza A.;  Cerviño, Miguel;  Bongiovanni, Ángel;  Cepa, Jordi; de Diego, José A.;  Pérez María García, Ana;  Pérez Martínez, Ricardo;  Sánchez-Portal, Miguel;  Alfaro, Emilio; Castañeda, Héctor O.;  Gallego, Jesús;  Jesús González, J.;  González-Serrano, J. Ignacio; Padilla Torres, Carmen P.;  Pintos-Castro, Irene;  Pović, Mirjana
eprint arXiv:2003.07154
03/2020

ABSTRACT

A sample of low-mass H emission line sources (ELS) at was studied in the context of the mass-metallicty relation (MZR) and its possible evolution. We drew our sample from the OSIRIS Tunable Emission Line Object (OTELO) survey, which exploits the red tunable filter of OSIRIS at the Gran Telescopio Canarias to perform a blind narrow-band spectral scan in a selected field of the Extended Groth Strip. We were able to directly measure emission line fluxes and equivalent widths from the analysis of OTELO pseudo-spectra. This study aims to explore the MZR in the very low-mass regime. Our sample reaches stellar masses () as low as , where 63% of the sample have . We also explore the relation of the star formation rate (SFR) and specific SFR (sSFR) with and gas-phase oxygen abundances, as well as the -size relation and the morphological classification. The were estimated using synthetic rest-frame colours. Using an minimization method, we separated the contribution of \Nii6583 to the H emission lines. Using the N2 index, we separated active galactic nuclei from star-forming galaxies (SFGs) and estimated the gas metallicity. We studied the morphology of the sampled galaxies qualitatively (visually) and quantitatively (automatically) using high-resolution data from the Hubble Space Telescope-ACS. The physical size of the galaxies was derived from the morphological analysis using \texttt{GALAPAGOS2/GALFIT}, where we fit a single-S\'ersic 2D model to each source.