The JCMT Nearby Galaxies Legacy Survey – III. Comparisons of cold dust, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, molecular gas and atomic gas in NGC 2403

G. Bendo, C.D. Wilson, B.E. Warren, E. Brinks, H. Butner, P. Chanial, D. Clements, S. Courteau, J. Irwin, F.P. Israel, J. Knapen, J. Leech, H. Matthews, S. Muhle, G. Petitpas, S. Serjeant, B.K. Tan, R.P.J. Tilanus, A. Usero, M. VaccariP. van der Werf, C. Vlahakis, T. Wiegert, M. Zhu

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Abstract

We used Spitzer Space Telescope 3.6, 8.0, 70 and 160 μm data, James Clerk Maxwell Telescope HARP-B CO J= (3–2) data, National Radio Astronomy Observatory 12 m telescope CO J= (1–0) data and Very Large Array H i data to investigate the relations among polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cold (∼20 K) dust, molecular gas and atomic gas within NGC 2403, an SABcd galaxy at a distance of 3.13 Mpc. The dust surface density is mainly a function of the total (atomic and molecular) gas surface density and galactocentric radius. The gas-to-dust ratio monotonically increases with radius, varying from ∼100 in the nucleus to ∼400 at 5.5 kpc. The slope of the gas-to-dust ratio is close to that of the oxygen abundance, suggesting that metallicity strongly affects the gas-to-dust ratio within this galaxy. The exponential scale length of the radial profile for the CO J= (3–2) emission is statistically identical to the scale length for the stellar continuum-subtracted 8 μm (PAH 8 μm) emission. However, CO J= (3–2) and PAH 8 μm surface brightnesses appear uncorrelated when examining sub-kpc-sized regions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1425
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume402
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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