Continuum pumping of [Fe II] in the Orion Nebula

Citation
Em. Verner et al., Continuum pumping of [Fe II] in the Orion Nebula, ASTROPHYS J, 543(2), 2000, pp. 831-839
Citations number
17
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0004-637X → ACNP
Volume
543
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Part
1
Pages
831 - 839
Database
ISI
SICI code
0004-637X(20001110)543:2<831:CPO[II>2.0.ZU;2-2
Abstract
This paper presents detailed comparisons between numerical simulations of F e II emission spectra and recent high-resolution and signal-to-noise spectr a of the Orion Nebula. We have identified 40 [Fe II] lines in the spectrum, allowing extensive comparisons between theory and observations. The identi fications are based on predictions of a realistic model of the Fe II atom, which includes the lowest 371 levels (all levels up to 11.6 eV). We investi gate the dependence of the spectrum on electron density and on pumping by t he stellar continuum. Orion is important because it provides a relatively s imple environment in which to test complex simulations. We have identified the pumping routes that are responsible for the observed emission. Our theo retical model of Fe II emission is in good agreement with the observational data.