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Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 1998MNRAS.297..807T Internal extinction of disc galaxies -I. High-resolution extinction map of NGC 6946 M. Trewhella Accepted 1998 February Il. Received 1998 February Il; in original form 1997 September 29 ABSTRACT Traditionally, it has been believed that extinction effects due to dust within the interstellar medium of external galaxies are rather small and can largely be ignored. Over the last 10 years, however, considerable doubt has been cast over the evidence to support this comfortable idea, and it has become clear that a more detailed analysis is required. Here, a new technique for mapping the extinction in disc galaxies with high resolution is presented. This technique has been applied to the Sc galaxy NGC 6946. The results show that dust extinction significantly affects both the overall brightness and appearance of the galaxy. The total extinction is found to be A_B_ = 0.45 - somewhat larger than the value of A_B_ = 0.2 usually quoted for an Sc galaxy. When corrected for dust the morphology more closely resembles that of an Sb galaxy rather than an Sc galaxy. The most surprising result of this work is finding interarm regions that suffer high extinction. It appears that these regions appear faint because of the high extinction and not as a result of low stellar density. There are also interarm regions that suffer little extinction; these are therefore truly regions of low stellar density. Key words: dust, extinction - galaxies: individual: NGC 6946 - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: spiral.
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