The effects of dust in simple environments: Large magellanic cloud H II regions

Eric F. Bell, Karl D. Gordon, Robert C. Kennicutt, Dennis Zaritsky

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We investigate the effects of dust on Large Magellanic Cloud (LMc) H II region spectral energy distributions using arcminute-resolution far-ultraviolet (FUV), Hα, far-infrared (FIR), and radio images. Widely used indicators of the amount of light lost to dust (attenuation) at Hα and in the FUV correlate with each other, although often with substantial scatter. There are two interesting systematic discrepancies: First, Hα attenuations estimated from the Balmer decrement are lower than those estimated from the Hα-to-thermal radio luminosity ratio. Our data, at this stage, cannot unambiguously identify the source of this discrepancy. Second, the attenuation at 1500 Å and the UV spectral slope, β, correlate, although the slope and scatter are substantially different from the correlation first derived for star-bursting galaxies by Calzetti et al. Combining our result with those of Meurer et al. for ultraluminous infrared galaxies and Calzetti et al. for starbursting galaxies, we conclude that no single relation between β and 1500 Å attenuation is applicable to all star-forming systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1010
Number of pages17
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 I
StatePublished - Feb 1 2002


  • Dust, extinction
  • Galaxies: individual (Large Magellanic Cloud)
  • H II regions
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • Stars: formation
  • Ultraviolet: galaxies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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