Astrophys. J., 661, 830-844 (2007/June-1)
High-resolution molecular gas maps of M33.
ROSOLOWSKY E., KETO E., MATSUSHITA S. and WILLNER S.P.
Abstract (from CDS):
New observations of CO (J=1⟶0) line emission from M33, using the 25 element BEARS focal plane array at the Nobeyama Radio Observatory 45 m telescope, in conjunction with existing maps from the BIMA interferometer and the FCRAO 14 m telescope, give the highest resolution (13") and most sensitive (σrms∼60 mK) maps to date of the distribution of molecular gas in the central 5.5 kpc of the galaxy. A new catalog of giant molecular clouds (GMCs) has a completeness limit of 1.3x105 M☉. The fraction of molecular gas found in GMCs is a strong function of radius in the galaxy, declining from 60% in the center to 20% at galactocentric radius Rgal~4 kpc. Beyond that radius, GMCs are nearly absent, although molecular gas exists. Most (90%) of the emission from low-mass clouds is found within 100 pc projected separation of a GMC. In an annulus 2.1 kpc<Rgal<4.1 kpc, GMC masses follow a power-law distribution with index -2.1. Inside that radius, the mass distribution is truncated, and clouds more massive than 8x105 M☉ are absent. The cloud mass distribution shows no significant difference in the grand-design spiral arms versus the interarm region. The CO surface brightness ratio for the arm to interarm regions is 1.5, typical of other flocculent galaxies.
Catalogs - Galaxies: Individual: Messier Number: M33 - ISM: Clouds - Radio Lines: ISM
VizieR on-line data:
<Available at CDS (J/ApJ/661/830): table3.dat>
Table 3: M33GMC NNN (Nos 1-149).
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