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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 139, Number 1, October I 1999
Page(s) 1 - 24
Published online 15 October 1999
DOI: 10.1051/aas:1999373

Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 139, 1-24

HI observations of blue compact galaxies from the first and second Byurakan surveys[*]

Trinh X. Thuan13 - V.A. Lipovetsky$^{
}$2 - J.-M. Martin4 - S.A. Pustilnik2

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}\;$ Deceased 1996 September 22.

1 - Astronomy Department, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903, U.S.A.
2 - Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russian Academy of Sciences, Nizhnij Arkhyz, Karachai-Circessia 357147, Russia
3 - Département d'Astronomie Extragalactique et de Cosmologie, Observatoire de Paris, F-92195 Meudon Cedex, France
4 - Département de Radioastronomie ARPEGES, Observatoire de Paris, F-92195 Meudon Cedex, France

Received August 11; accepted November 24, 1998


We present the results of a neutral hydrogen survey of 79 galaxies from a statistical sample of 88 Blue Compact Galaxies (BCGs) selected from the First and Second Byurakan objective prism surveys to have a HII region-like spectrum, an equivalent width of the [O III] $\lambda 5007$ line larger than $\sim 50~{\mbox \AA}$, and a velocity $\leq 6000$ km s-1. The detection rate for the statistical sample is 74%. HI masses range between $4\, 10^{7}M_{\hbox{$\odot$}}$ and $5~10^9 M_\odot$ with the HI mass distribution peaking at $3~10^8 M_{\hbox{$\odot$}}$. The full width at half-maximum of the HI profile varies between $\sim 30$ km s-1 and 160 km s-1, with a mean of $\sim$ 92 km s-1. These small widths are characteristic of dwarf galaxies. For comparison, we have also observed an additional 92 BCGs with weaker star formation and/or larger distances, and/or interesting astrophysical properties. These in general have larger widths and HI masses.

Key words: galaxies: compact -- galaxies: ism -- galaxies: startburst -- radio lines: galaxies -- radio lines: ISM

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