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Ultra-high-resolution measurements of the intrinsic line profiles of interstellar C-2 towards zeta Ophiuchi and HD 169454

Crawford, IA; Barlow, MJ; (1996) Ultra-high-resolution measurements of the intrinsic line profiles of interstellar C-2 towards zeta Ophiuchi and HD 169454. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 280 (3) pp. 863-867. 10.1093/mnras/280.3.863. Green open access

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Abstract

We have used the Ultra-High-Resolution Facility at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT), operating at a resolution of 0.35 km s−1 (FWHM), to measure the intrinsic profiles of the Q(2) and Q(4) lines of the (2-0) Phillips band of interstellar C2 towards ζ Oph and HD 169454. The C2 lines were found to be very narrow, with intrinsic velocity dispersions (b-values) in the range 0.25−0.71 km s−1. In the case of ζ Oph, two velocity components (separation 1.10 ± 0.17 km s−1) have been resolved, and found to have rather different linewidths and rotational excitation temperatures. In the case of HD 169454, the data are consistent with a single velocity component, but the well-defined b-value (0.59 + 0.04 km s−1) and low kinetic temperature would then imply supersonic turbulent velocities. One way to avoid this conclusion is to postulate the existence of unresolved velocity structure (or a velocity gradient) within the cloud.

Type: Article
Title: Ultra-high-resolution measurements of the intrinsic line profiles of interstellar C-2 towards zeta Ophiuchi and HD 169454
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/280.3.863
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/280.3.863
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: line: profiles, stars: individual: μ Oph, stars: individual: HD 169454, ISM: molecules
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10096131
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