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1997A&A...322...19N - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 322, 19-28 (1997/6-1)

A radio continuum survey of Shapley-Ames galaxies at λ 2.8cm. II. Separation of thermal and non-thermal radio emission.

NIKLAS S., KLEIN U. and WIELEBINSKI R.

Abstract (from CDS):

The radio continuum spectra of 74 galaxies were used to separate thermal and non-thermal radio emission. The thermal fraction fth1GHz at 1GHz and the non-thermal spectral index αnth of the radio continuum emission were determined. The mean values are <fth1GHz≥ 0.08±0.01 and <αnth≥0.83±0.02. Even at 10 GHz the radio continuum emission of most of the galaxies is dominated by the synchrotron component. Using Hα data the thermal radio flux densities were independently estimated and the non-thermal spectral indices were recalculated. Good agreement was found between the results of the two methods and the mean internal extinction was determined to be A≃0.8mag. Early-type spirals and irregulars tend to have flatter non-thermal spectra as the thermal fraction is independent of morphological type. Galaxies with strong star formation activity are found to have flatter non-thermal spectral indices.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: spiral - infrared: galaxies - radio continuum: galaxies - ISM: cosmic rays

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