Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury. IX. A Photometric Survey of Planetary Nebulae in M31

Veyette, Mark J., Williams, Benjamin F., Dalcanton, Julianne J., Balick, Bruce, Caldwell, Nelson, Fouesneau, Morgan, Girardi, Léo, Gordon, Karl D., Kalirai, Jason, Rosenfield, Philip, & Seth, Anil C.
2014, The Astrophysical Journal, 792, 121

We search the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3 broadband imaging data from the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) survey to identify detections of cataloged planetary nebulae (PNs). Of the 711 PNs currently in the literature within the PHAT footprint, we find 467 detected in the broadband. For these 467, we are able to refine their astrometric accuracy from ~0.''3 to 0.''05. Using the resolution of the HST, we are able to show that 152 objects currently in the catalogs are definitively not PNs, and we show that 32 objects thought to be extended in ground-based images are actually point-like and therefore good PN candidates. We also find one PN candidate that is marginally resolved. If this is a PN, it is up to 0.7 pc in diameter. With our new photometric data, we develop a method of measuring the level of excitation in individual PNs by comparing broadband and narrowband imaging and describe the effects of excitation on a PN's photometric signature. Using the photometric properties of the known PNs in the PHAT catalogs, we search for more PNs, but do not find any new candidates, suggesting that ground-based emission-line surveys are complete in the PHAT footprint to F475W ~= 24.


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