Volume 502, Number 1, July IV 2009
|Page(s)||189 - 197|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||27 May 2009|
Abundances in planetary nebulae: NGC 2792*
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, P.O. Box 800, NL 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands e-mail: email@example.com
2 Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Koramangala II Block, Bangalore-560034, India
3 Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
4 NASA Ames Research Center, MS 245-6, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000, USA
Accepted: 15 May 2009
The mid-infrared spectrum of the rather circular planetary nebula NGC 2792 taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope is presented. This spectrum is combined with the ultraviolet IUE spectrum and with the spectrum in the visual wavelength region to obtain a complete, extinction corrected, spectrum. The chemical composition of the nebula is then calculated in two ways. First by directly calculating and adding individual ion abundances, and secondly by building a model nebula that attempts to reproduce the observed spectrum. Because it is now possible to include the nebular temperature gradient, the chemical composition is more accurate than has been given earlier in the literature. Discussion of both the central star and the evolution of the star-nebula is then given.
Key words: ISM: abundances / planetary nebulae: individual: NGC 2792 / infrared: ISM / ISM: lines and bands
© ESO, 2009
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