Infrared photometric properties of inner and outer parts of HII regions
Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
The fact that infrared ring nebulae (IRRNs) are frequently associated with HII regions, provides us the opportunity to study dust at the interface between ionized and neutral gas. In this paper, we analyze the infrared radiation in the range from 8 to 500 μm in outer and inner parts of 32 IRRNs showing round shape. We aim to determine the morphology of these objects and possible dust evolution processes on the base of the comparison of IR radiation towards the ionized and neutral regions. We
... culate six slopes between adjacent wavelengths in their spectral energy distributions to trace the difference in the physical conditions inside and outside ionized regions. Using the data on these 32 objects we show that their morphology is likely 3D spherical rather than 2D plane-like. The slope between 70 and 160 μm is the most appropriate tracer of the dust temperature in the outer envelope. The larger 8-to-24 μm intensity ratio is associated with smaller intensities at mid-IR indicating that the PAHs may indeed be generated due to larger grain destruction. These data are important for the subsequent theoretical modeling and determining the dust evolution in HII regions and their envelopes.