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Paper: The far-infrared distribution in the Dusty Hand Galaxy NGC 2146
Volume: 73, Airborne Astronomy Symposium on the Galactic Ecosystem: From Gas to Stars to Dust
Page: 189
Authors: Smith, Beverly J.; Harvey, Paul M.; Lester, Dan F.
Abstract: Our high spatial resolution 50 and 100 micro m observations of the peculiar galaxy NGC 2146 show that the FIR emission arises in a 21 arc-sec x is less than 16 arc-sec (1.5 kpc x is less than 1.1 kpc) region (FWHM) elongated along the major axis. This size limit is similar to that of the radio continuum, the (12)CO (1 - 0), and the H alpha. From an investigation of the energetics in this galaxy, we conclude that young massive stars are largely responsible for powering the FIR luminosity of this galaxy. The FIR and CO (1 - 0) distributions differ from the extinction morphology as seen in optical images and in the Br gamma/H alpha ratio. The starlight and the ionized gas are most highly reddened at the prominent dust lane 15 arc-sec to the west of the nucleus, while the CO and FIR emission peak near the nucleus. This result can be explained by either a high proportion of cold dust and gas at the dust lane, or a geometry in which the dust lane lies in front of the main body of the galaxy.
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