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HII regions, on-the-spot approximations

  1. Feb 12, 2008 #1
    Does anybody know what on- the- spot approximations are and why they are accurate?

    Also, I cannot figure out why the temperature of an HII region does not depend on its density. any hints??
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  3. Feb 12, 2008 #2
    An on the spot approximation, to me, is just another phrase for rough approximation. Each approximation's accuracy needs to be considered in its own right.

    The heating of HII regions is dominated by radiation, and hence the temperature is defined by the radiation field strength
  4. Mar 4, 2009 #3
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