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Title: TOWARD A REMOVAL OF TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCIES FROM ABUNDANCE DETERMINATIONS: NGC 628

The metal content of a galaxy, a key property for distinguishing between viable galaxy evolutionary scenarios, strongly influences many of the physical processes in the interstellar medium. An absolute and robust determination of extragalactic metallicities is essential in constraining models of chemical enrichment and chemical evolution. Current gas-phase abundance determinations, however, from optical fine-structure lines are uncertain to 0.8 dex as conversion of these optical line fluxes to abundances is strongly dependent on the electron temperature of the ionized gas. In contrast, the far-infrared (far-IR) emission lines can be used to derive an O{sup ++} abundance that is relatively insensitive to temperature, while the ratio of the optical to far-IR lines provides a consistent temperature to be used in the derivation of an O{sup +} abundance. We present observations of the [O III] 88 μm fine-structure line in NGC 628 that were obtained as part of the Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far Infared Survey with Herschel program. These data are combined with optical integrated field unit data to derive oxygen abundances for seven H II regions. We find the abundance of these regions to all lie between the high and low values of strong-line calibrations and to bemore » in agreement with estimates that assume temperature fluctuations are present in the H II regions.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University, 4051 McPherson Laboratory, 140 West 18th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States)
  2. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, 2801 West Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)
  3. Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9513, 2300-RA Leiden (Netherlands)
  4. Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, D-69117 Heidelberg (Germany)
  5. Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA (United Kingdom)
  6. Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, UMR7095 CNRS, Université Pierre and Marie Curie, 98 bis Boulevard Arago, F-75014 Paris (France)
  7. Spitzer Science Center, California Institute of Technology, MC 314-6, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)
  8. Observatoire de Paris, 61 avenue de l'Observatoire, F-75014 Paris (France)
  9. Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003 (United States)
  10. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071 (United States)
  11. MMT Observatory, University of Arizona, 933 North Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)
  12. INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, I-50125 Firenze (Italy)
  13. Department of Physics and Astronomy, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22270618
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 777; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ASTRONOMY; ASTROPHYSICS; ELECTRON TEMPERATURE; ELEMENT ABUNDANCE; FAR INFRARED RADIATION; FINE STRUCTURE; FLUCTUATIONS; GALACTIC EVOLUTION; GALAXIES; H2 REGIONS; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; METALS; OXYGEN IONS; STAR CLUSTERS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE