Data from: The SAMI galaxy survey: gas velocity dispersions in low-z star-forming galaxies and the drivers of turbulence

  • Mathew R Varidel (Creator)
  • Scott M. Croom (Creator)
  • Geraint F. Lewis (Creator)
  • Deanne B. Fisher (Creator)
  • Karl Glazebrook (Creator)
  • Barbara Catinella (Creator)
  • Luca Cortese (Creator)
  • Mark R Krumholz (Creator)
  • Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Creator)
  • Julia J. Bryant (Creator)
  • Brent Groves (Creator)
  • Sarah Brough (Creator)
  • Christoph Federrath (Creator)
  • Jon S. Lawrence (Creator)
  • Nuria P F Lorente (Creator)
  • Matt S. Owers (Creator)
  • Samuel N. Richards (Creator)
  • Ángel R. López-Sánchez (Creator)
  • Sarah M. Sweet (Creator)
  • Jesse Van De Sande (Creator)
  • Sam P. Vaughan (Creator)



We infer the intrinsic ionized gas kinematics for 383 star-forming galaxies across a range of integrated star formation rates (SFR ∈ [10-3, 102] M☉ yr-1) at z ≲ 0.1 using a consistent 3D forward-modelling technique. The total sample is a combination of galaxies from the Sydney-AAO Multiobject Integral field Spectrograph (SAMI) Galaxy survey and DYnamics of Newly Assembled Massive Objects survey. For typical low-z galaxies taken from the SAMI Galaxy Survey, we find the vertical velocity dispersion (σV,z) to be positively correlated with measures of SFR, stellar mass, H I gas mass, and rotational velocity. The greatest correlation is with SFR surface density (ΣSFR). Using the total sample, we find σV,z increases slowly as a function of integrated SFR in the range SFR ∈ [10-3, 1] M☉ yr-1 from 17 ± 3 to 24 ± 5 km s-1 followed by a steeper increase up to σV,z ∼80 km s-1 for SFR ≳ 1 M☉ yr-1. This is consistent with recent theoretical models that suggest a σV,z floor driven by star formation feedback processes with an upturn in σV,z at higher SFR driven by gravitational transport of gas through the disc.
Date made availableJun 2020
PublisherSAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)


  • methods: data analysis
  • methods: statistical
  • techniques: imaging spectroscopy
  • galaxies: disc
  • Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies

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