Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 382, 610-623 (2002/2-1)
Detection of highly-ionized diffuse gas in the Galactic plane.
MIZUTANI M., ONAKA T. and SHIBAI H.
Abstract (from CDS):
We obtained maps of the central 40'x20' region of the Carina nebula
, an active star forming region in the southern Milky Way, in various emission lines in the spectral range 43-197µm with the LWS on board the ISO. This paper reports on the results of [OIII] 52, 88µm, [NIII] 57µm, and [NII] 122µm lines. These ionized lines have been detected in the entire observed area, not only in the optically bright HII region, but also in the molecular cloud direction and the region surrounding the Carina nebula. The electron density was derived from the [OIII] lines and two distinct components were seen in the electron density map. One is a component with a density of 100-350cm–3
, which encloses two HII regions, Car I
and Car II
. The other is an extended diffuse component, in which the ratio of the [OIII] lines is nearly at the low electron density limit (ne
). The observed [NIII]/[OIII] line intensity ratio also supports low electron density of the extended gas component. The diffuse component was detected in the entire observed region, which corresponds to ∼30 pc at the distance of the Carina nebula. The present LWS observations of the ionic lines indicate the existence of highly-ionized diffuse gas of low electron density extending around the Carina nebula.
infrared: ISM: lines and bands - HII regions - ISM: individual objects: Carina nebula
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