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Title: VLA observations of hydrogen and carbon recombination lines toward W3A at 1.4 GHz.
Authors: Kantharia, N.G.
Anantharamaiah, K.R.
Goss, W.M.
Keywords: ISM: H II REGIONS,
ISM: INDIVIDUAL ALPHANUMERIC: W3A
LINE: PROFILES
RADIO LINES: ISM
Issue Date: 1-Sep-1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press for the American Astronomical Society
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 1998, Vol.504, p.375-389
Abstract: We present high-sensitivity, high-resolution VLA observations of the W3 complex of H II regions in the 168 alpha recombination lines of hydrogen, carbon, and sulphur. The H 168 alpha line from W3A consists of two components: a broad line (width ~27 km s-1) and a narrow line (width ~7 km s-1). The narrow hydrogen and carbon line emissions over W3A, although overlapping, are not entirely coextensive. The carbon line is possibly correlated with the molecular gas near W3A. Stimulated emission is the main mechanism for the narrow hydrogen line emission. The width of the H0 line gives an upper limit of ~1000 K for the electron temperature of the partially ionized gas. The electron density ranges from 10 to 80 cm-3 in the narrow hydrogen line region and from 10 to 60 cm-3 in the carbon-line region. We determined the electron temperature of the classical H II region W3A from the continuum brightness to be ~9000 K. The rms ne of this H II region is ~2200 cm-3, and the true ne, determined from a pressure-broadened profile of the H 171 eta (8.6 GHz) line, is ~2 x 104 cm-3. Using these two values of electron densities, we determine a lower limit to the filling factor (0.01). Such a low value can be interpreted as an effect of density inhomogeneities in the medium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/1417
ISSN: 0004-637X
1538-4357 (online)
Alternative Location: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/306070
Copyright: (1998) by the American Astronomical Society.
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