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ID: 125446.0, MPI für Radioastronomie / Publikationen des MPI für Radioastronomie
Magnetic fields and ionized gas in the local group irregular galaxies IC 10 and NGC 6822
Authors:Chyzy, K. T.; Knapik, J.; Bomans, D. J.; Klein, U.; Beck, R.; Soida, M.; Urbanik, M.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2003-07
Title of Journal:Astronomy & Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:Astron. Astrophys.
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:513
End Page:524
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We performed a high-sensitivity search for galaxy-scale magnetic fields by radio polarimetry at 10.45 GHz and 4.85 GHz with the Effelsberg 100 m radio telescope, accompanied by Halpha imaging, for the two Local Group irregular galaxies IC 10 and NGC 6822. Their star-forming bodies are small and rotate slowly. IC 10 is known to have a very high star-forming activity, resembling blue compact dwarfs, while NGC 6822 has a low overall star-formation level. Despite very different current star formation rates, our Halpha imaging revealed a large web of diffuse Halpha filaments and shells in both IC 10 and NGC 6822. Some of them extend far away from the galaxy's main body. The total power emission of both objects shows bright peaks either at the positions of optically strong star-forming clumps (IC 10) or individual H II regions or supernova remnants (NGC 6822). However, in both cases we detect a smoothly distributed, extended component. In IC 10 we found clear evidence for the presence of a diffuse, mostly random magnetic field of similar or equal to14 muG strength, probably generated by a fluctuation dynamo. One of the Halpha-emitting filaments appears to be associated with enhanced magnetic fields. We also rediscuss the reddening of IC 10 and its implications for its distance. In the case of NGC 6822 we found only very weak evidence for nonthermal emission, except perhaps for some regions associated with local gas compression. We detect in both galaxies small spots of polarized emission, indicative of regular fields (similar or equal to3 muG), at least partly associated with local compressional phenomena.
Free Keywords:polarization, galaxies : irregular, galaxies : magnetic fields, galaxies : individual : IC10, NGC 6822, radio continuum : galaxies
Comment of the Author/Creator:Date: 2003, JUL
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Radioastronomie
External Affiliations:Jagiellonian Univ, Astron Observ, PL-30244 Krakow, Poland.; Ruhr Univ Bochum, Inst Astron, D-44780 Bochum, Germany.; Univ Bonn, Inst Radioastron, D-5300 Bonn, Germany.; Max Planck Inst Radioastron, D-53010 Bonn, Germany.
Identifiers:ISI:000183615700015 [ID No:1]
ISSN:0004-6361 [ID No:2]
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