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Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 2008MNRAS.389..629B The relations among 8, 24 and 160 micron dust emission within nearby spiral galaxies Bendo, G. J.; Draine, B. T.; Engelbracht, C. W.; Helou, G.; Thornley, M. D.; Bot, C.; Buckalew, B. A.; Calzetti, D.; Dale, D. A.; Hollenbach, D. J.; Li, A.; Moustakas, J. Abstract. We investigate the relations among the stellar continuum-subtracted 8 micron polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH 8 mu m) emission, 24 micron hot dust emission and 160 micron cold dust emission in 15 nearby face-on spiral galaxies in the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey sample. The relation between PAH 8 and 24 micron emission measured in ~2 kpc regions is found to exhibit a significant amount of scatter, and strong spatial variations are observed in the (PAH 8 mu m)/24 micron surface brightness ratio. In particular, the (PAH 8 mu m)/24 micron surface brightness ratio is observed to be high in the diffuse interstellar medium and low in bright star-forming regions and other locations with high 24 micron surface brightness. PAH 8 mu m emission is found to be well-correlated with 160 micron emission on spatial scales of ~2 kpc, and the (PAH 8 mu m)/160 micron surface brightness ratio is generally observed to increase as the 160 micron surface brightness increases. These results suggest that the PAHs are associated with the diffuse, cold dust that produces most of the 160 micron emission in these galaxies, and the variations in the (PAH 8 mu m)/160 micron ratio may generally be indicative of either the intensity or the spectrum of the interstellar radiation field that is heating both the PAHs and the diffuse interstellar dust. Key words: galaxies: ISM, infrared: galaxies
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