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2021MNRAS.508.1084K - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 508, 1084-1101 (2021/November-3)

Hardness of ionizing radiation fields in MaNGA star-forming galaxies.


Abstract (from CDS):

We investigate radiation hardness within a representative sample of 67 nearby (0.02 <= z <= 0.06) star-forming (SF) galaxies using the integral field spectroscopic data from the MaNGA survey. The softness parameter η = \fracO+/O2+S+/S2+ is sensitive to the spectral energy distribution of the ionizing radiation. We study η via the observable quantity η' (=O II//[O III] [S II][S III]). We analyze the relation between radiation hardness (traced by η and η') and diagnostics sensitive to gas-phase metallicity, electron temperature, density, ionization parameter, effective temperature, and age of ionizing populations. It is evident that low metallicity is accompanied by low log η', i.e. hard radiation field. No direct relation is found between radiation hardness and other nebular parameters though such relations cannot be ruled out. We provide empirical relations between log ηand strong emission line ratios N2, O3N2, and Ar3O3, which will allow future studies of radiation hardness in SF galaxies where weak auroral lines are undetected. We compare the variation of [O III]/[O II] and [S III]/[S II] for MaNGA data with SF galaxies and H II regions within spiral galaxies from literature and find that the similarity and differences between different data set are mainly due to the metallicity. We find that predictions from photoionization models considering young and evolved stellar populations as ionizing sources in good agreement with the MaNGA data. This comparison also suggests that hard radiation fields from hot and old low-mass stars within or around SF regions might significantly contribute to the observed η values.

Abstract Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: active - galaxies: ISM

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/508/1084): table1.dat>

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