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PDR diagnostics study with CLOUDY
Xue, Rui; Huang, Maohai
AbstractA series of plane-parallel photodissociation region (PDR) models are calculated using the spectral synthesis code CLOUDY. These models span a wide range of physical conditions, with gas densities of n = 10(2) - 10(6) cm(-3) and incident far-ultraviolet (FUV) fields of G(0) = 10(0) - 10(6) (where G(0) is the FUV flux in units of the local interstellar value), which are comparable with various astrophysical environments from interstellar diffuse clouds to the dense neutral gas around galactic compact H II regions. Based on the calculated results, we study the thermal balance of PDR gas and the emissions of [C II], [C I] and [O I] fine-structure lines under different physical conditions. The intensities and strength ratios of the studied lines, which are frequently used as PDR diagnostics, are presented using contour diagrams as functions of n and G(0). We compare the calculated PDR surface gas temperatures T(s) with those from Kaufman et al. and find that T(s) from our models are systematically higher over most of the adopted n-G(0) parameter space. The predicated line intensities and ratios from our work and those from Kaufman et al. can be different by a factor greater than 10, and such large differences usually occur near the border of our parameter space. The different methods of treating the dust grain physics, the change of H(2) formation and dissociation rates, and the improvement in the radiation transfer of line emissions in our CLOUDY models are likely to be the major reasons for the divergences. Our models represent an Up-to-date treatment of PDR diagnostic calculations and can be used to interpret observational data. Meanwhile, the uncertainties in the treatment of microphysics and chemical processes in PDR models have significant effects on PDR diagnostics.
KeywordInfrared: Ism Ism: Clouds Ism: Molecules Methods: Numerical
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WOS IDWOS:000265485000008
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AffiliationChinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing 100012, Peoples R China
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Xue, Rui,Huang, Maohai. PDR diagnostics study with CLOUDY[J]. RESEARCH IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS,2009,9(4):457-469.
APA Xue, Rui,&Huang, Maohai.(2009).PDR diagnostics study with CLOUDY.RESEARCH IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS,9(4),457-469.
MLA Xue, Rui,et al."PDR diagnostics study with CLOUDY".RESEARCH IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS 9.4(2009):457-469.
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