Revista mexicana de astronomía y astrofísica
versión impresa ISSN 0185-1101
FLORES-FAJARDO, Nahiely; MORISSET, Christophe y BINETTE, Luc. Analysis of the diffuse ionized gas database: DIGEDA. Rev. mex. astron. astrofis [online]. 2009, vol.45, n.2, pp. 261-272. ISSN 0185-1101.
Studies of the Diffuse Ionized Gas (DIG) have progressed without providing so far any strict criterion to distinguish DIGs from HII regions. In this work, we compile the emission line measurements of 29 galaxies that are available in the scientific literature, thereby setting up the first DIG database (DIGEDA). Making use of this database, we proceed to analyze the global properties of the DIG using the [NII]λ6583/Hα, [OI]λ6300/Hα, [O III]λ5007/Hβ and [S II]λ6716/Hα lines ratios, including the Hα emission measure. This analysis leads us to conclude that the [NII]/Hα ratio provides an objective criterion for distinguishing whether an emission region is a DIG or an HII region, while the EM(Hα) is a useful quantity only when the galaxies are considered individually. Finally, we find that the emission regions of Irr galaxies classified as DIG in the literature appear in fact to be much more similar to H II regions than to the DIGs of spiral galaxies.
Palabras llave : astronomical data bases: miscellaneous; galaxies: general - ISM: HII regions; ISM: lines and bands; line: formation.