Volume 377, Number 3, October III 2001
|Page(s)||735 - 744|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 October 2001|
The infrared continuum radiation of NGC 1808*
A PAH and polarisation study
European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschildstr. 2, 85748 Garching b. München, Germany
2 Max-Planck-Institut for Radioastronomy, Auf dem Hügel 69, Postfach 2024, 53010 Bonn, Germany
3 ISO Data Centre, Villafranca del Castillo, PO Box 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
Corresponding author: R. Siebenmorgen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 29 June 2001
The paper is devoted to the understanding of the infrared emission of nuclear regions in galaxies. a) ISO data of NGC 1808 are presented: spectro-photometry from 5.1 to 16.4 μm; a map at 6 μm and 170 μm photometry. b) The data are complemented by a polarisation measurement at 170 μm ( at position angle ) and a map at 6 μm. In the map, the degree of polarisation goes up to 20% in the outer regions. We argue that the polarisation is produced by emission of big grains and exclude very small grains and PAHs or scattering and extinction. c) The mid infrared spectrum shows, beside the main emission bands, a so far unknown plateau of PAH features in the m region. d) The total spectrum can be fit under the assumption of optically thin emission. However, such a model fails to reproduce the 25 μm point and implies that the mid infrared is due to very small grains and PAHs. These particles would then also have to be responsible for the 6 μm polarisation, which is unlikely. e) To avoid these difficulties, we successfully turn to a radiative transfer model whose major feature is the existence of hot spots produced by the dust clouds around OB stars. We demonstrate the decisive influence on the mid infrared spectrum of both the PAHs and the hot spots.
Key words: polarization / infrared: galaxies / galaxies: ISM / galaxies: magnetic fields / galaxies: individual: NGC 1808
© ESO, 2001
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