Journal article

A novel approach to investigate chemical inhomogeneities in GRB host galaxies: the Z(abs)-Z(emiss) relation

Benjamin Metha, Alex J Cameron, Michele Trenti

MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Models of chemical enrichment and inhomogeneity in high-redshift galaxies are challenging to constrain observationally. In this work, we discuss a novel approach to probe chemical inhomogeneities within long gamma-ray burst (GRB) host galaxies, by comparing the absorption metallicity, Zabs, from the GRB afterglow (which probes the environment along the line of sight) with the emission-line metallicity, Zemiss, measured via slit spectroscopy. Using the IllustrisTNG simulation, the theoretical relationship between these metallicity metrics is explored for a range of GRB formation models, varying the GRB progenitor metallicity threshold. For galaxies with fixed Zemiss, the median value of Zabs ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D)


Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Dr Antonino Cucchiara for insightful advice in interpreting absorption-line metallicity measurements and for useful discussions; the IllustrisTNG team formaking their data public and providing lots of documentation and support; and the anonymous referee, whose feedback helped improve and shape this paper. This researchwas supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), through project number CE170100013. BM and AJC acknowledge support from Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships.