Ultraviolet observations of clusters of Wolf-Rayet stars in the SBm3 galaxy NGC 4214 and Ultraviolet and optical observations of LINER's.
- Filippenko, Alexei V.
- JAN 1, 1992.
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- The purpose of the grant was to obtain and analyze IUE (UV) and ground-based (optical) spectra of the central bar of NGC 4214, which contains several bright H II regions, in order to further explore the properties of the Wolf-Rayet stars in this galaxy. Several spatially distinct regions, with widely different equivalent widths of optical Wolf-Rayet lines, could be sampled by the large IUE entrance aperture. By using newly developed extraction techniques, the spectra of these H II regions could be isolated, and differences in their stellar populations would be systematically studied. Data were obtained with IUE in late February and early March, 1992. Some of the shifts were successful, but a few were not -- apparently the blind offset from the nearby star did not work equally well in all cases. Thus, the signal-to-noise ratio is somewhat lower than we had hoped. This necessitated a more careful extraction of the spectra of individual H II regions from the two-dimensional spectra. (A program that models the point spread function in the spatial direction was used to deblend the distinct H II regions.) The IUE data are currently being analyzed in conjunction with ground-based optical spectra. There appear to be obvious variations in the stellar population over angular scales of only a few arc seconds. The second part of the research performed under this grant was a continuation of a project that uses IUE (UV) and ground-based (optical) spectra to infer the physical conditions in Low-Ionization Nuclear Emission-Line Regions (LINER's). We have obtained spectra of a few key objects that cover a representative range in LINER continuum and emission-line properties. The overall goals are to (1) separate the emission into spatially distinct components, (2) establish whether the observed nuclear ultraviolet continua indicate sufficient photoionizing fluxes to account for the emission lines, (3) determine whether the nuclear emission can be explained by hot stars alone, (4) detect and measure the strengths of UV emission lines, and (5) search for systematic differences in the UV spectra of LINER's whose other properties differ in some respects.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19940014958.
Accession ID: 94N19431.
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