A classification of HII regions based on Oxygen and Helium lines: The cases of TOL2146-391 and TOL0357-3915

Antonio Peimbert, María A. Peña-Guerrero & Manuel Peimbert (Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apdo. Postal 70-264, México, C.P. 04510, D.F., Mexico)

We present long slit spectrophotometry of two HII regions: TOL2146-391 and TOL0357-3915. We performed a detailed analysis that involves abundance determinations relaxing the assumption of homogeneous temperature. The temperature inhomogeneities values, t^2, were obtained through two methods: (i) comparing abundances from oxygen recombination lines to abundances from collisionally excited lines and (ii) by using the line intensity ratios of a set of HeI lines together with the HELIO10 program. We find that the HELIO10 program is a good alternative to obtain a t^2 value in photoionized regions where recombination lines of heavy elements are not available. We have plotted 27 high and low metallicity HII regions in an oxygen degree of ionization versus t^2 diagram; we find areas populated by HII regions and areas void of them; the physical characteristics of each area are discussed. In addition, an average t^2 value can be determined for the objects in each area. We propose to use this <t^2> value for the cases where a direct measurement of t^2 cannot be determined.

See complete preprint ==> http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.4507v1.pdf

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