Properties of active galactic star-forming regions probed by imaging spectroscopy with the Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) onboard AKARI

Y. Okada, M. Kawada, N. Murakami, T. Ootsubo, H. Takahashi, A. Yasuda, D. Ishihara, H. Kaneda, H. Kataza, T. Nakagawa, T. Onaka

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Abstract

Aims. We investigate the structure of the interstellar medium (ISM) and identify the location of possible embedded excitation sources from far-infrared (FIR) line and mid-infrared continuum emission maps. Methods. We carried out imaging spectroscopic observations of four giant Galactic star-forming regions with the Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) onboard AKARI. We obtained [O  III] 88 μm  and [C  II] 158 μm  line intensity maps of all the regions: G3.270-0.101, G333.6-0.2, NGC 3603, and M 17. Results. For G3.270-0.101, we obtained high-spatial-resolution [O  III] 88 μm  line-emission maps and a FIR continuum map for the first time, which imply that [O  III] 88 μm  emission identifies the excitation sources more clearly than the radio continuum emission. In G333.6-0.2, we found a local [O  III] 88 μm  emission peak, which is indicative of an excitation source. This is supported by the 18 μm  continuum emission, which is considered to trace the hot dust distribution. For all regions, the [C  II] 158 μm  emission is distributed widely as suggested by previous observations of star-forming regions. Conclusions. We conclude that [O  III]  88 μm  emission traces the excitation sources more accurately than the radio continuum emission, especially where there is a high density and/or column density gradient. The FIR spectroscopy provides a promising means of understanding the nature of star-forming regions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA13
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Volume514
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 3

Keywords

  • HII regions
  • ISM: lines and bands
  • Infrared: ISM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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