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2019ApJS..241....2L - Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 241, 2-2 (2019/March-0)

Ionization profiles of Galactic H II regions.


Abstract (from CDS):

Using Green Bank Telescope radio recombination line (RRL) data, we analyze the role of leaking radiation from H II regions in maintaining the ionization of the interstellar medium (ISM). We observed a sample of eight Galactic H II regions of various sizes, morphologies, and luminosities. For each region, the hydrogen RRL intensity decreases roughly as a power-law with the distance from the center of the region. This suggests that radiation leaking from the H II region is responsible for the majority of surrounding ionized gas producing RRL emission. Our results further indicate that the hydrogen RRL intensity appears to be fundamentally related to the H II region sizes traced by their photodissociation regions, such that physically smaller H II regions show a steeper decrease in intensity with an increasing distance from the region centers. As a result, giant H II regions may have a much larger effect in maintaining the ionization of the ISM. For six of the eight observed H II regions, we find a decrease in the 4He+/H+ abundance ratio with an increasing distance, indicating that He-ionizing photons are being absorbed within the ionization front of the H II region. There is enhanced carbon RRL emission toward directions with strong continuum background, suggesting that the carbon emission is amplified by stimulated emission.

Abstract Copyright: © 2019. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Journal keyword(s): Hii regions - ISM: abundances - ISM: bubbles - photon-dominated region PDR - radio lines: ISM

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJS/241/2): table1.dat table3.dat table4.dat table5.dat>

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