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Volume 442, Number 2, November I 2005
Page(s) 443 - 453
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20041663

A&A 442, 443-453 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20041663

Physical conditions in the dwarf local irregular galaxy IC 10

I. Diffuse ionized gas
A. M. Hidalgo-Gámez1, 2

1  Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
    e-mail: anamaria@astroscu.unam.mx
2  Dept Física, Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas, IPN, Mexico City, Mexico

(Received 15 July 2004 / Accepted 15 June 2005 )

A detailed analysis of the physical conditions of the Interstellar Medium in the main body of the Local Group dwarf irregular galaxy IC 10 is carried out using long-slit spectroscopy. Maps of the excitation, the H$\alpha$ flux, [NII]/H$\alpha$ and [SII]/H$\alpha$ are presented. The Diffuse Ionized Gas inside the galaxy is studied. We found that the spectral characteristics are not similar to those of spiral galaxies: the values of the ratios [NII]/H$\alpha$ and [SII]/H$\alpha$ are not as large as in spiral galaxies but the excitation is much larger. These values, especially the large excitation, can be explained by proposing an extra source of ionization. Different sources are studied but any of the models at hand could be really fitted except a combination of photons leaking from the H II regions in addition to the ionization provided by the WR stars present in this galaxy. Shocks are not needed to explain the line intensity ratios except in a small part in the west side of the galaxy.

Key words: galaxies: abundances -- galaxies: irregular -- galaxies: dwarf -- stars: Wolf-Rayet -- galaxie: ISM -- galaxies: local group

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