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Multi-density model of the ionised gas in NGC 253 using radio recombination lines

Mohan, Niruj R and Goss, WM and Anantharamaiah, KR (2005) Multi-density model of the ionised gas in NGC 253 using radio recombination lines. In: Astronomy & Astrophysics, 432 (1). pp. 1-17.

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We have imaged the H92alpha (8.3 GHz), H75alpha (15 GHz), and H166alpha (1.4 GHz) Radio Recombination Lines (RRLs) from NGC 253 at resolutions of 4.5 pc (0.4"), 2.5 pc (0.2") and 53 pc (4.5") respectively. The H92a line arises from individual compact sources, most of which possess radio continuum counterparts. The line widths range from similar to 200 km s(-1) for the sources near the radio nucleus to 70 - 100 km s(-1) for the extranuclear ones. These lines are emitted by gas at a density similar to 10(4) cm(-3). The remainder of the cm-wave RRLs arise in lower density gas (similar to500 cm(-3)) with a higher area filling factor and with ten times higher mass. A third component of higher density gas (> 10(4) cm(-3)) is required to explain the mm-wave RRLs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Astronomy & Astrophysics
Publisher: ESO
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to ESO.
Keywords: Galaxies:Individual;NGC 253;Galaxies: ISM;Galaxies: Starburst;Radio Lines;Galaxies;Radio Lines: ISM
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Astronomy and Astrophysics Programme
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 10:49
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/17225

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