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Volume 420, Number 3, June IV 2004
Page(s) 921 - 927
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20035702

A&A 420, 921-927 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20035702

Modelling photoluminescence from small particles

II. Implications for dust rotation and the Extended Red Emission
G. Mulas1, 2, G. Malloci1, 3, 2 and P. Benvenuti3, 4

1  INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari - AstroChemistry Group, Strada n.54, Loc. Poggio dei Pini, 09012 Capoterra (CA), Italy
2  Astrochemical Research in Space Network, http://www.ars-network.org
3  Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, S.P. Monserrato-Sestu Km 0.7, 09042 Cagliari, Italy
4  INAF, Viale del Parco Mellini 84, 00136 Roma, Italy
    e-mail: benvenuti@inaf.it

(Received 17 November 2003 / Accepted 9 February 2004 )

The Extended Red Emission (ERE) has been observed in virtually all possible environments in which dust is present, ranging from HII regions to carbon rich planetary nebulae, to reflection nebulae, to dense interstellar clouds, to the diffuse interstellar medium. One problem in comparing ERE with laboratory photoluminescence (PL) measurements is given by the fact that laboratory samples are usually macroscopic in size, or very thin films, while interstellar dust particles are usually of sizes comparable to, or smaller than, the wavelength of visible light. We here apply a newly developed general recipe to extrapolate the expected PL of small, homogeneous spheres starting from the available laboratory results obtained for bulk samples, and infer previously unsuspected consequences for ERE-like PL phenomena.

Key words: astrochemistry -- ISM: dust, extinction -- ISM: lines and bands -- methods: numerical -- radiation mechanisms: general -- scattering

Offprint request: G. Mulas, gmulas@ca.astro.it

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