2001A&A...378..817S


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2001A&A...378..817S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 378, 817-825 (2001/11-2)

Collisional excitation of hydrogen and the determination of the primordial helium abundance from HII regions.

STASINSKA G. and IZOTOV Y.

Abstract (from CDS):

This paper investigates the effect of collisional enhancement of the hydrogen lines on the derivation of the helium abundances in low metallicity H II regions. For this, we have constructed a grid of photoionization models relevant for the analysis of giant H II regions in blue compact galaxies. We show that the effect of collisional excitation on the Hα/Hβ ratio can be quite important (up to 8% or more). The impact of this effect on the determination of the helium mass fraction has been tracked on four low-metallicity blue compact galaxies for which Keck spectra are available and which are among the best objects for the quest for the pregalactic helium abundance. We find that taking into account the effects of collisional excitation of hydrogen results in an upward correction of the helium mass fraction Y by up to 5%. However, combined with other systematic effects usually not considered in the determination of the helium abundance in low-metallicity galaxies, the resulting uncertainty should be much less.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: abundances - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: starburst - ISM: H II regions

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Number of rows : 5

N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2020
#notes
1 SBSG 0335-052 bCG 03 37 44.04 -05 02 38.5     16.65     ~ 433 1
2 Mrk 116 PaG 09 34 02.1 +55 14 25           ~ 997 1
3 LEDA 27886 QSO 09 44 17.101 +54 11 28.83   19.5       ~ 64 0
4 LEDA 39402 H2G 12 17 17.093 -28 02 32.67   17       ~ 123 0
5 ESO 380-27 H2G 12 25 46.9 -36 14 01   17.47   16.52   ~ 97 1

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