A Multi-wavelength Investigation of RCW175: An H II Region Harboring Spinning Dust Emission

August 2012 • 2012ApJ...754...94T

Authors • Tibbs, C. T. • Paladini, R. • Compiègne, M. • Dickinson, C. • Alves, M. I. R. • Flagey, N. • Shenoy, S. • Noriega-Crespo, A. • Carey, S. • Casassus, S. • Davies, R. D. • Davis, R. J. • Molinari, S. • Elia, D. • Pestalozzi, M. • Schisano, E.

Abstract • Using infrared, radio continuum, and spectral observations, we performed a detailed investigation of the H II region RCW175. We determined that RCW175, which actually consists of two separate H II regions, G29.1-0.7 and G29.0-0.6, is located at a distance of 3.2 ± 0.2 kpc. Based on the observations we infer that the more compact G29.0-0.6 is less evolved than G29.1-0.7 and was possibly produced as a result of the expansion of G29.1-0.7 into the surrounding interstellar medium. We compute a star formation rate for RCW175 of (12.6 ± 1.9) × 10-5 M yr-1, and identified six possible young stellar object candidates within its vicinity. Additionally, we estimate that RCW175 contains a total dust mass of 215 ± 53 M . RCW175 has previously been identified as a source of anomalous microwave emission (AME), an excess of emission at centimeter wavelengths often attributed to electric dipole radiation from the smallest dust grains. We find that the AME previously detected in RCW175 is not correlated with the smallest dust grains (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or small carbonaceous dust grains), but rather with the exciting radiation field within the region. This is a similar result to that found in the Perseus molecular cloud, another region which harbors AME, suggesting that the radiation field may play a pivotal role in the production of this new Galactic emission mechanism. Finally, we suggest that these observations may hint at the importance of understanding the role played by the major gas ions in spinning dust models.


IPAC Authors

Sean Carey

Senior Scientist


Roberta Paladini

Senior Research Scientist