Investigations of dust heating in M81, M83 and NGC 2403 with the Herschel Space Observatory

G.J. Bendo, A. Boselli, A. Dariush, M. Pohlen, H. Roussel, M. Sauvage, M.W.L. Smith, C.D. Wilson, M. Baes, A. Cooray, D.L. Clements, Luca Cortese, K. Foyle, M. Galametz, H.L. Gomez, V. Lebouteiller, N. Lu, S.C. Madden, E. Mentuch, B. O'HalloranM.J. Page, A. Remy, B. Schulz, L. Spinoglio

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    We useSpitzer Space Telescope and Herschel Space Observatoryfar-infrared data along with ground-based optical and near-infrared data to understand how dust heating in the nearby face-on spiral galaxies M81, M83 and NGC 2403 is affected by the starlight from all stars and by the radiation from star-forming regions. We find that 70/160m surface brightness ratios tend to be more strongly influenced by star-forming regions. However, the 250/350m and 350/500m surface brightness ratios are more strongly affected by the light from the total stellar populations, suggesting that the dust emission at >250m originates predominantly from a component that is colder than the dust seen at
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1833-1859
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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