compact H II region
nâhiye-ye H II-ye hampak
Fr.: région H II compacte
A Galactic H II region with an electron density ≥ 103 cm-3 and of a linear dimension ≤ 1 pc.
→ compact; → H II region.
density-bounded H II region
nâhiye-ye H II-ye cagâli karânmand
Fr.: bornée par la densité
An → H II region which lacks enough matter to absorb all → Lyman continuum photons of the → exciting star(s). In such an H II region a part of the ionizing photons escape into the → interstellar medium. See also → ionization-bounded H II region.
giant H II region
nahiye-ye H II-ye qulpeykar
Fr.: région H II géante
An → H II region emitting at least 1050 → Lyman continuum photons per second, or about 10 times → Orion nebula. Such an H II region should be powered by at least one O3V star or by at least a dozen → O-type and tens → B-type stars. Our nearest giant H II region is → NGC 3603. Some other Galactic giant H II regions are: → Lagoon Nebula, M17, W31, W51A, and NGC 3576.
H II region
nâhiye-ye H II
Fr.: région H II
A type of → emission nebulae composed of very hot gas (about 104 K), mainly ionized hydrogen, created by the ultraviolet radiation of → massive stars. H II regions originate when O or early-type stars, born in → giant molecular clouds, start heating up the cold gas, causing it to become → ionized and "glow". The effective temperatures of the → exciting stars are in the range 3 x 104 to 5 x 104 K, and throughout the nebula hydrogen is ionized. Helium is → singly ionized, and other elements are mostly singly or → doubly ionized. Typical densities in the H II region are of the order 10 to 102 cm-3, ranging as high as 104 cm-3. Internal motions occur in the gas with velocities of order 10 km s-1. The spectra of H II regions are mainly composed of strong → H I→ recombination lines and → forbidden lines such as [O III], [O II], [N II]. See also → ionization-bounded H II region; → density-bounded H II region; → compact H II region; → ultracompact H II region.
H II region luminosity
tâbandegi-ye nâhiye-ye H II
Fr.: luminosité de région H II
The total number of → Lyman continuum photons emitted by an → H II region. It is usually derived using → radio continuum observations which are less affected by → interstellar extinction. The measured value is often a lower limit because of photon leakage from the H II region and absorption. See also → density-bounded H II region.
→ H II; → region; → luminosity.
ionization-bounded H II region
nâhiye-ye H II-e yoneš-karânmand
Fr.: région H II bornée par ionisation
An H II region whose → exciting star(s) do not have enough → Lyman continuum photons to ionize the whole region. → density-bounded H II region.
→ ionization; → bounded; → H II region.
ultracompact H II region
nâhiye-ye H II-ye ultar hampak
Fr.: région H II ultracompacte
A very young → H II region fully embedded in its natal molecular cloud. Ultracompact H II regions are distinguished from classical H II regions by their small sizes (diameter ≥ 0.1 pc), high densities (Ne ≥ 105 cm-3), and high emission measures (EM ≥ 107 pc cm-6). Their typical ionized gas content is about 10-2 → solar masses, in contrast to classical H II regions with a mass of about 105 solar masses. Due to very important extinction, ultracompact H II regions are not accessible to visible wavelengths.
→ ultra-; → compact; → H II region.