Mean electron temperatures for 106 planetary nebulae are presented, which have been derived using calculations of the values of electron temperature-sensitive line ratios involving forbidden transitions among the 2s2 2p2 3P, 1D, and 1S levels of N+ and O++, based on new electron impact rates and transition probabilities. Comparison of these results with values of Te [N II] and Te [O III] determined previously by Kaler reveals that the present electron temperatures are systematically lower for both ions, and that this discrepancy is correlated with the electron density in the nebula. It is also shown that the average difference between Te [N II] and Te [O III] in a planetary nebula is somewhat smaller than that derived by Kaler, with the present results implying that the N II and O III temperatures disagree on average by 2070 K as opposed to the 2210 K average found by Kaler.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|State||Published - Jul 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science