Magnesium Abundances in Planetary Nebulae and Interstellar Absorption of Mg II λ2800 A

  • D. Middlemass
Conference paper
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 131)


High-resolution IUE images have provided line profiles of emission cut by interstellar absorption in the magnesium II lines λλ2795, 2802 A in nine objects. The underlying emission has been reconstructed in seven of these by fitting Gaussian profiles to the remaining line wings. Estimates of the ratio of intrinsic to observed emission ranging from 1.5 to 23 have been obtained. Photo-ionization models of IC 4l8, IC 4997 and NGC 2440 have been used to obtain Mg/H ratios from the corrected Mg II line strengths. The logarithmic magnesium abundances obtained vere 7.6±0.12, 6.96±0.3 and 6.5±0.3 respectively. These results indicate that depletion of Mg into grains is less than previously thought and reduce the observed gradient in the magnesium abundance. The Mg depletion may be related to the C/0 ratio within the nebula; carbonrich planetary nebulae may have less magnesium depletion than those with C/0 < 1.


Line Profile Line Strength Planetary Nebula Gaussian Profile Line Wing 
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© International Astronomical Union 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Middlemass
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity College LondonUK

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