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1995A&A...299..847L - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 299, 847-856 (1995/7-3)

λ6cm and λ2mm H2CO absorption toward compact extragalactic mm-wave continuum sources.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have observed galactic λ6cm and λ2mm ortho- and para-H2CO absorption along lines of sight toward and around compact extragalactic mm-wave continuum sources. From comparison of on and off-source λ6cm profiles it is possible to derive the anomalous excitation temperature, which is surprisingly close to the temperature of the cosmic microwave background in several cases. The λ2mm absorption profiles show that the ortho/para ratio is 3-4, which (taken alone) favors formation either on grains at TK>20K or at comparable temperatures in the gas phase. However the abundance of H2CO, as with other species, is probably too high at low extinction to be explained by any known process; we find N(H2CO)/N(13CO)∼10–2 for N(13CO)∼1014cm–2.

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Journal keyword(s): interstellar medium: molecules - interstellar medium: abundances - radio lines: ISM

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