Journal Article

Line temperatures and elemental abundances in H <span class="smallCaps">ii</span> galaxies

Enrique Pérez-Montero and Angeles I. Díaz

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 346, issue 1, pages 105-118
Published in print November 2003 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online November 2003 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2966.2003.07064.x
Line temperatures and elemental abundances in H ii galaxies

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Abstract

We present long-slit spectrophotometric observations in the red and near-infrared of 12 H ii galaxies. The spectral range includes the sulphur lines [S ii] at λλ6716,6731 and [S iii] at λ6312 and λλ9069,9532. For all of the observed galaxies, at least three ion-weighted temperatures from forbidden auroral to nebular line ratios have been obtained and the relations between the different line temperatures have been discussed. It is found that, for some objects, the [O ii] temperatures derived from those of [O iii] through the use of photoionization models, without taking into account the effect of density, can lead to a significant underestimate of the O+/H+ ionic abundance and hence of the total oxygen abundance.

For all the observed objects, we have calculated the ionic abundances of O+, O2+, S+, S2+ and N+ and they have been used to constrain the ionization structure of the emitting regions with the help of photoionization models. From them, the ionization correction factors for N and S, and their corresponding total abundances, have been derived.

Keywords: ISM: abundances; H ii regions; galaxies: abundances

Journal Article.  6397 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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