Volume 526, February 2011
|Number of page(s)||19|
|Published online||11 January 2011|
Gemini GMOS spectroscopy of HeII nebulae in M 33
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (AIP), innoFSPEC
Potsdam, An der Sternwarte
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2 Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RH, UK
4 Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva, 51 Ch. des Maillettes, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
5 L owell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
6 Gemini Observatory, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Received: 29 July 2010
Accepted: 4 November 2010
We have carried out a narrow-band survey of the Local Group galaxy, M 33, in the HeII λ4686 emission line, to identify HeII nebulae in this galaxy. With spectroscopic follow-up observations, we confirm three of seven candidate objects, including identification of two new HeII nebulae, BCLMP651, HBW673. We also obtain spectra of associated ionizing stars for all the HII regions, identifying two new WN stars. We demonstrate that the ionizing source for the known HeII nebula, MA 1, is consistent with being the early-type WN star MC8 (M 33-WR14), by carrying out a combined stellar and nebular analysis of MC8 and MA 1. We were unable to identify the helium ionizing sources for HBW 673 and BCLMP 651, which do not appear to be Wolf-Rayet stars. According to the [OIII]λ5007/Hβ vs. [NII]λ6584/Hα diagnostic diagram, excitation mechanisms apart from hot stellar continuum are needed to account for the nebular emission in HBW 673, which appears to have no stellar source at all.
Key words: stars: atmospheres / stars: Wolf-Rayet / HII regions / ISM: lines and bands / galaxies: individual: M 33 / galaxies: star formation
© ESO, 2011
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