Thursday, July 25, 2013

1307.6504 (Yaroslav Pavlyuchenkov et al.)

Infrared Emission and the Destruction of Dust in HII regions    [PDF]

Yaroslav Pavlyuchenkov, Maria Kirsanova, Dmitry Wiebe
The generation of infrared (IR) radiation and the observed IR intensity distribution at wavelengths of 8, 24, and 100 micron in the ionized hydrogen region around a young, massive star is investigated. The evolution of the HII region is treated using a self-consistent chemical-dynamical model in which three dust populations are included -- large silicate grains, small graphite grains, and polycyclic, aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A radiative transfer model taking into account stochastic heating of small grains and macromolecules is used to model the IR spectral energy distribution. The computational results are compared with Spitzer and Herschel observations of the RCW 120 nebula. The contributions of collisions with gas particles and the radiation field of the star to stochastic heating of small grains are investigated. It is shown that a model with a homogeneous PAH content cannot reproduce the ring-like IR-intensity distribution at 8 micron. A model in which PAHs are destroyed in the ionized region provides a means to explain this intensity distribution. This model is in agreement with observations for realistic characteristic destruction times for the PAHs.
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