Spitzer IRAC Colors of Nebulae Associated with Star-Forming Regions

Authors: Yoichi Itoh, Yumiko Oasa

ABSTRACT
Star-forming regions are often associated with nebulosity. In this study, we investigated infrared diffuse emission in Spitzer IRAC images. The infrared nebula L1527 traces outflows emanating from a low-mass protostar. The nebular color is consistent with the color of a stellar photosphere with large extinction. Nebulae around the HII region W5-East are bright in the infrared. These colors are consistent with the model color of dust containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH). The strength of ultraviolet irradiation of the nebulae and the small dust fraction were deduced from the infrared colors of the nebulae. We found that the edges of the nebulae are irradiated by strong ultraviolet radiation and have abundant small dust. Dust at the surface of the molecular cloud is thought to be destroyed by ultraviolet radiation from an early-type star.

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Journal: International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics
DOI: 10.4236/ijaa.2019.91004(PDF)
Paper Id: 90959 (metadata)

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