Herschel photometric observations of the nearby low metallicity irregular galaxy NGC 6822

M. Galametz, S. C. Madden, F. Galliano, S. Hony, M. Sauvage, M. Pohlen, G. J. Bendo, R. Auld, M. Baes, M. J. Barlow, J. J. Bock, A. Boselli, M. Bradford, V. Buat, N. Castro-Rodríguez, P. Chanial, S. Charlot, L. Ciesla, D. L. Clements, A. CoorayD. Cormier, L. Cortese, J. I. Davies, E. Dwek, S. A. Eales, D. Elbaz, W. K. Gear, J. Glenn, H. L. Gomez, M. Griffin, K. G. Isaak, L. R. Levenson, N. Lu, B. O'Halloran, K. Okumura, S. Oliver, M. J. Page, P. Panuzzo, A. Papageorgiou, T. J. Parkin, I. Pérez-Fournon, N. Rangwala, E. E. Rigby, H. Roussel, A. Rykala, N. Sacchi, B. Schulz, M. R. P. Schirm, M. W. L. Smith, L. Spinoglio, Jason Stevens, S. Sundar, M. Symeonidis, M. Trichas, M. Vaccari, L. Vigroux, C. D. Wilson, H. Wozniak, G. S. Wright, W. W. Zeilinger

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We present the first Herschel PACS and SPIRE images of the low-metallicity galaxy NGC 6822 observed from 70 to 500 μm and clearly resolve the H ii regions with PACS and SPIRE. We find that the ratio 250/500 is dependent on the 24 μm surface brightness in NGC 6822, which would locally link the heating processes of the coldest phases of dust in the ISM to the star formation activity. We model the SEDs of some regions H ii regions and less active regions across the galaxy and find that the SEDs of H ii regions show warmer ranges of dust temperatures. We derive very high dust masses when graphite is used in our model to describe carbon dust. Using amorphous carbon, instead, requires less dust mass to account for submm emission due to its lower emissivity properties. This indicates that SED models including Herschel constraints may require different dust properties than commonly used. The global G/D of NGC 6822 is finally estimated to be 186, using amorphous carbon.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL55
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


  • galaxies: ISM, galaxies: dwarf, galaxies: photometry


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