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      The Distribution of Warm Ionized Medium in Galaxies

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          Ionized nebulae have been targets of interest since the introduction of the telescope centuries ago. These isolated, "classical" H II regions gave us some of the earliest insight into the copious feedback energy that stars inject into the interstellar medium. Their unique spectra contain information about the quality and quantity of the ionizing field as well as the temperature, density, and metallicity of these discrete locations in the Galaxy. With increasing sensitivity across many spectral domains, we now know that ionized gas is not localized to massive star regions in many star-forming galaxies. In particular, recent observational studies allow a thorough comparison of the physical conditions and distribution of the well-studied classical H II regions to the more widespread warm, diffuse gas. By more realistically evolving a dynamic interstellar medium, models are beginning to reproduce the observed emission measure variations and provide a natural solution to the propagation of ionizing flux from a predominantly neutral galactic disk to the distant halo.

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          2010-08-03
          1008.0622

          http://arxiv.org/licenses/nonexclusive-distrib/1.0/

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          11 pages, 3 figures. To appear in "The Dynamic ISM: A celebration of the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey," ASP Conference Series
          astro-ph.GA

          Galaxy astrophysics

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