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MEGARA-IFU detection of extended He II λ4686 nebular emission in the central region of NGC 1569 and its ionization budget

Abstract : We here report the detection of extended He II λ4686 nebular emission in the central region of NGC 1569 using the integral field spectrograph MEGARA at the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias. The observations cover a field of view (FoV) of 12.5 arcsec × 11.3 arcsec at a seeing-limited spatial resolution of ∼15 pc and at a spectral resolution of R = 6000 in the wavelength range 4330-5200 Å. The emission extends over a semicircular arc of ∼40 pc width and ∼150 pc diameter around the superstar cluster A (SSC-A). The AV derived using Balmer decrement varies from the Galactic value of 1.6 mag to a maximum of ∼4.5 mag, with a mean value of 2.65 ± 0.60 mag. We infer 124 ± 11 Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars in SSC-A using the He II λ4686 broad feature and AV = 2.3 mag. The He+ ionizing photon rate from these WR stars is sufficient to explain the luminosity of the He II nebula. The observationally determined total He+ and H0 ionizing photon rates, their ratio, and the observed number of WR stars in SSC-A are all consistent with the predictions of simple stellar population models at an age of 4.0 ± 0.5 Myr and a mass of (5.5 ± 0.5) × 105 M. Our observations reinforce the absence of WR stars in SSC-B, the second most massive cluster in the FoV. None of the other locations in our FoV where He II λ4686 emission has been reported from narrow-band imaging observations contain WR stars.
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Y. D. Mayya, E. Carrasco, V. M. A. Gómez-González, J. Zaragoza-Cardiel, A. Gil de Paz, et al.. MEGARA-IFU detection of extended He II λ4686 nebular emission in the central region of NGC 1569 and its ionization budget. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2020, 498, pp.1496-1514. ⟨10.1093/mnras/staa2335⟩. ⟨insu-03667053⟩

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