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Title: METAL-RICH PLANETARY NEBULAE IN THE OUTER REACHES OF M31

Spectroscopic data of two relatively [O III]-luminous planetary nebulae (PNe) have been obtained with the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias. M174 and M2496 are each {approx}1 Degree-Sign from the center of M31 along opposite sides of its minor axis. The ensemble of these 2 distant PNe plus 16 similarly luminous outer-disk PNe published previously by Kwitter et al. forms a homogeneous group in luminosity, metal content, progenitor mass, age, and kinematics. The main factual findings of our work are (1) O/H (and other low-mass {alpha} elements and their ratios to O) is uniformly solar-like in all 18 PNe ((12 + log(O/H)) = 8.62 {+-} 0.14); (2) the general sky distribution and kinematics of the ensemble much more closely resemble the rotation pattern of the classical disk of M31 than its halo or bulge; (3) the O/H gradient is surprisingly flat beyond R{sub g} {approx} 20 kpc. The PNe are too metal-rich to be bona fide members of M31's disk or halo, and (4) the abundance patterns of the sample are distinct from those in the spiral galaxies M33, M81, and NGC 300. Using standard PN age diagnostic methods, we suggest that all of the PNe formed {approx}2 Gyr ago inmore » a starburst of metal-rich interstellar medium that followed an M31-M33 encounter about 3 Gyr ago. We review supporting evidence from stellar studies. Other more prosaic explanations, such as dwarf galaxy assimilation, are unlikely.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1580 (United States)
  2. Department of Astronomy, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267 (United States)
  3. Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, E-38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)
  4. H. L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22134002
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 774; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABUNDANCE; GALAXIES; LUMINOSITY; MASS; METALS; PLANETARY NEBULAE; REVIEWS; ROTATION; SKY