A Relevant Paper for Us All…

So the paper below, by Bruce Draine and company, first is a good overview about what the dust in Andromeda is doing. But more importantly, it tackles the issue of what happens to PAHs when they are bathed by a softer, but intense radiation field, like in M31’s bulge. They find: "When allowance is made for the different spectrum of the bulge stars, q_PAH for the dust in the central kpc is similar to the overall value of q_PAH in the disk." The relevant part is Section 8, which also mentions a Draine & Li (2013) in prep, which sounds like it will deal more with the details of PAH emission from different-spectrumed ISRFs. Maybe we can discuss more on Friday? – Alison

Title: Andromeda’s Dust
Authors: Draine, B. T.; Aniano, G.; Krause, Oliver; Groves, Brent; Sandstrom, Karin; Braun, Robert; Leroy, Adam; Klaas, Ulrich; Linz, Hendrik; Rix, Hans-Walter; Schinnerer, Eva;Schmiedeke, Anika; Walter, Fabian
Publication: eprint arXiv:1306.2304
Publication Date: 06/2013
Origin: ARXIV
Keywords: Astrophysics – Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics, Astrophysics – Galaxy Astrophysics
Comment: 36 pages, 14 figures. Submitted to ApJ
Bibliographic Code: 2013arXiv1306.2304D


Spitzer Space Telescope and Herschel Space Observatory imaging of M31 is used, with a physical dust model, to construct maps of dust surface density, dust-to-gas ratio, starlight heating intensity, and PAH abundance, out to R=25kpc. The global dust mass is M_d=5.4×10^7Msol, the global dust/H mass ratio is M_d/M_H=0.0081, and the global PAH abundance is <q_PAH>=0.039. The dust surface density has an inner ring at R=5.6kpc, a maximum at R=11.2kpc, and an outer ring at R=15.1kpc. The dust/gas ratio varies from M_d/M_H=0.026 at the center to 0.0027 at R=25kpc. From the dust/gas ratio, we estimate the ISM metallicity to vary by a factor ~10, from Z/Zsol=3 at R=0 to ~0.3 at R=25kpc. The dust heating rate parameter <U> peaks at the center, with <U> approx 35, declining to <U> approx 0.25 at R=20kpc. Within the central kpc, the starlight heating intensity inferred from the dust modeling is close to what is estimated from the stars in the bulge. The PAH abundance reaches a peak q_PAH=0.045 at R=11.2kpc. When allowance is made for the different spectrum of the bulge stars, q_PAH for the dust in the central kpc is similar to the overall value of q_PAH in the disk. The silicate-graphite-PAH dust model used here is generally able to reproduce the observed dust spectral energy distribution across M31, but overpredicts 500um emission at R=2-6kpc, suggesting that at R=2-6kpc, the dust opacity varies more steeply with frequency (with beta approx 2.3 between 200 and 600um) than in the model.

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One Response to A Relevant Paper for Us All…

  1. Adam says:

    Nice! Hard-soft field, JD should have patented the term first.

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