Letter to the Editor
Temperature fluctuations in H II regions: Ionization by cosmic rays as a key mechanism
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, C. vía Láctea s/n, 38200, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain
Accepted: 18 May 2005
We present a detailed model capable of explaining quantitatively the temperature fluctuations observed in luminous, large regions. The model is based on two assumptions which we justify on the basis of observations: that the major fraction of the hydrogen in the clouds that form the regions is not photoionized and is essentially , this is lightly ionized by fluxes of low energy cosmic rays (CR) produced by processes originating in the hot stars which illuminate the regions.
Key words: ISM: general / ISM: HII regions / ISM: clouds / ISM: photon escape / elementary particles / methods: analytical / methods: data analysis
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