We present six new planetary nebulae (PNe) discovered in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) from deep UK Schmidt telescope (UKST) narrow band Ha and broad-band short- red "SR" continuum images and confirmed spectroscopically. These 6 preliminary discoveries provide a 6% increase to the previously known SMC PN population of ∼100. Once spectroscopic follow-up of all our newly identified candidates is complete, we expect to increase the total number of known SMC PNe by up to 50%. This will permit a significant improvement to determination of the SMC PN luminosity function (PNLF) and enable further insights into the chemical evolution and kinematics of the SMC PN population.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Aug 2016|
|Event||11th Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics - The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China|
Duration: 14 Dec 2015 → 17 Dec 2015