Spitzer mid-infrared study of compact H II regions in the Magellanic Clouds
University of Crete, Department of Physics, Heraklion 71003, Greece e-mail: email@example.com
2 IESL/Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, 71110 Heraklion, Greece
3 Observatoire de Paris, LERMA, 61 Avenue de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
Accepted: 15 May 2008
Aims. We present a study of the mid-infrared properties and dust content of a sample of 27 H ii “blobs”, a rare class of compact H ii regions in the Magellanic Clouds. A unique feature of this sample is that even though these H ii regions are of high and low excitation they have nearly the same physical sizes ~1.5-3 pc.
Methods. We base our analysis on archival 3–8 μm infrared imagery obtained with the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on board the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Results. We find that despite their youth, sub-solar metallicity and varied degrees of excitation, the mid-infrared colors of these regions are similar to those of typical H ii regions. Higher excitation “blobs” (HEBs) display stronger 8 μm emission and redder colors than their low-excitation counterparts (LEBs).
Key words: ISM: H ii regions / ISM: dust, extinction / infrared: ISM / infrared: stars / galaxies: Magellanic Clouds
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