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The role of shocks in the determination of empirical abundances for type-I PNe

  • Roberto D. D. Costa (a1) and Paulo J. A. Lago (a1)

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We investigate, in the light of new diagnostic diagrams, the role of shocks in the ionization profile of type-I planetary nebulae, and their relation to the empirical derivation of chemical abundances. We apply our technique to two well-known type-I objects: NGC 2440 and NGC 6302. Our results indicate that shocks play a very important role in the spectra of both nebulae and, since the presence of shocks reinforces the flux of low ionization lines, this artificial reinforcement can lead to incorrect chemical abundances, when they are derived through Ionization Correction Factors, at least for type-I PNe.

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The role of shocks in the determination of empirical abundances for type-I PNe

  • Roberto D. D. Costa (a1) and Paulo J. A. Lago (a1)

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