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2005A&A...441..981B - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 441, 981-997 (2005/10-3)

A VLT study of metal-rich extragalactic HII regions. I. Observations and empirical abundances.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have obtained spectroscopic observations from 3600Å to 9200Å with FORS at the Very Large Telescope for approximately 70 HII regions located in the spiral galaxies NGC 1232, NGC 1365, NGC 2903, NGC 2997 and NGC 5236. These data are part of a project to measure the chemical abundances and characterize the massive stellar content of metal-rich extragalactic HII regions. In this paper we describe our dataset, and present emission line fluxes for the whole sample. In 32 HII regions we measure at least one of the following auroral lines: [SII]λ4072, [NII]λ5755, [SIII]λ6312 and [OII]λ7325. From these we derive electron temperatures, as well as oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur abundances, using classical empirical methods (both so-called ``Te-based methods'' and ``strong line methods''). Under the assumption that the temperature does not introduce severe biases, we find that the most metal-rich nebulae with detected auroral lines are found at 12+log(O/H)≃8.9, i.e. about 60% larger than the adopted solar value. However, classical abundance determinations in metal-rich HII regions may be severely biased and must be tested with realistic photoionization models. The spectroscopic observations presented in this paper will serve as a homogeneous and high-quality database for such purposes.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: abundances - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: stellar content

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/A+A/441/981): ngc1232.dat ngc1365.dat ngc2903.dat ngc2997.dat ngc5236.dat>

Nomenclature: Table 3: [BSG2005] NGC 1232 NN N=13 among (Nos 2-15), [BSG2005] NGC 1365 NN N=16 among (Nos 3-17), [BSG2005] NGC 2903 NN N=9 among (Nos 2-14). Table 4: [BSG2005] NGC 2997 NN N=14 among (Nos 3-16), [BSG2005] NGC 5236 NN N=18 among (Nos 2-19).

Status at CDS : All or part of tables of objects will not be ingested in SIMBAD.

CDS comments: Appendix A: the new QSO = EQ J033334.2-360523.8 in SIMBAD.

Simbad objects: 13

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