H107[alpha] recombination-line emission, 4800-MHz and 1666-MHz continuum emission in the HII region RCW38
Author(s)Vigil, Miquela, 1981-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
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We present results from observations of H107[alpha] recombination-line emission and the related 4800 MHz continuum emission of the HII region RCW 38 using the Australia Telescope Compact Array. We find the continuum emission to be concentrated in a ring-like structure with the 05 star, IRS2, approximately centered in the cavity within the ring. The temperature of the ionized gas ranges from 5200 to 7500 K and the emission is optically thin. The H107[alpha] line emission appears to be confined within the continuum ring. We also find the continuum ring to encircle the peak in the diffuse X-ray gas. The radio continuum emission matches closely to NIR observations with a bright western ridge containing the peak in the 10[mu]m emission known as IRS1 (Frogel et al. 1974) apparent in both observations. From calculations of continuum and line parameters, we estimate the spectral type of the ionizing source for the region to be an 05/06 star which is consistent with the spectral type of IRS2.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2003.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. In title on title page, "[alpha] appears as lower case Greek letter. "May 21, 2003."Includes bibliographical references (page 31).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.