On nitrogen abundances of planetary nebulae

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Title: On nitrogen abundances of planetary nebulae
Author: Wilkes, Belinda Jane; Ferland, George; Hanes, D.; Truran, J. W.

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Citation: Wilkes, B. J., G. J. Ferland, D. Hanes, and J. W. Truran. 1981. “On Nitrogen Abundances of Planetary Nebulae.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 197 (1) (November 1): 1–6. doi:10.1093/mnras/197.1.1.
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Abstract: Observations of N II recombination lines in the planetary nebula NGC 3242 are presented which allow the first temperature independent measurement of the nitrogen abundance of a nebula. Model nebula calculations are utilized to identify a reliable N/H indicator. The standard technique employing strong forbidden lines and the approximation that N/O ≃ N+/O+ may introduce systematic errors greater than 25 per cent. A good compromise is to set N/He = (N2+ + N+)/He+. The N/H abundance deduced in this manner is in reasonable (≃ 25 per cent) agreement with that deduced from the standard analysis.
Published Version: 10.1093/mnras/197.1.1
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