90 GHz Continuum Observations of Messier 66

I have just posted a pre-print of a new paper. Here is the abstract:

Radio emission at around 90 GHz from star-forming galaxies is expected to be strongly dominated by the free-free component due to ionising radiation from massive, short-lived, stars. We present high surface-brightness sensitivity observations at 90 GHz of the nearby star-forming galaxy Messier 66 with resolution of about 9 arcsec (corresponding to a physical scale of about 500 pc) and analyse these observations in combination with archival lower frequency radio and mid-infrared measurements. For the four regions for which the observations support our models we find that the free-free component indeed dominates the emission at 90 GHz, making up 76–90 per cent of the luminosity at this frequency but with the data also consistent with all of the emission being due to free-free. The estimates of free-free luminosities are also consistent, within measurement and decomposition errors, with star-formation rates derived from lower radio frequencies and mid-infrared observations. In our analysis we consider both power-law and curved spectra for the synchrotron component but do not find evidence to support the curved model in preference to the power-law.

The full paper, some additional plots and software are available at http://www.mrao.cam.ac.uk/~bn204/galevol/2012-90ghz-m66.html

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