Volume 405, Number 2, July II 2003
|Page(s)||513 - 524|
|Published online||19 June 2003|
Magnetic fields and ionized gas in the local group irregular galaxies IC 10 and NGC 6822
Astronomical Observatory, Jagiellonian University, ul. Orla 171, 30-244 Kraków, Poland
2 Astronomisches Institut der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstr. 150, 44780 Bochum, Germany
3 Radioastronomisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Germany
4 Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Postfach 2024, 53010 Bonn, Germany
Corresponding author: K. Chyży, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 24 April 2003
We performed a high-sensitivity search for galaxy-scale magnetic fields by radio polarimetry at 10.45 GHz and 4.85 GHz with the Effelsberg 100 m radio telescope, accompanied by Hα imaging, for the two Local Group irregular galaxies IC 10 and NGC 6822. Their star-forming bodies are small and rotate slowly. IC 10 is known to have a very high star-forming activity, resembling blue compact dwarfs, while NGC 6822 has a low overall star-formation level. Despite very different current star formation rates, our Hα imaging revealed a large web of diffuse Hα filaments and shells in both IC 10 and NGC 6822. Some of them extend far away from the galaxy's main body. The total power emission of both objects shows bright peaks either at the positions of optically strong star-forming clumps (IC 10) or individual regions or supernova remnants (NGC 6822). However, in both cases we detect a smoothly distributed, extended component. In IC 10 we found clear evidence for the presence of a diffuse, mostly random magnetic field of 14 μG strength, probably generated by a fluctuation dynamo. One of the Hα-emitting filaments appears to be associated with enhanced magnetic fields. We also rediscuss the reddening of IC 10 and its implications for its distance. In the case of NGC 6822 we found only very weak evidence for nonthermal emission, except perhaps for some regions associated with local gas compression. We detect in both galaxies small spots of polarized emission, indicative of regular fields (3 μG), at least partly associated with local compressional phenomena.
Key words: polarization / galaxies: irregular / galaxies: magnetic fields, galaxies: individual: IC10, NGC 6822 / radio continuum: galaxies
© ESO, 2003
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.