Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 334, 327-337 (2002/August-1)
Ultra-high-resolution observations of CH in Southern Molecular Cloud envelopes.
ANDERSSON B.-G., WANNIER P.G. and CRAWFORD I.A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a mini-survey of ultrahigh-resolution spectroscopy (UHRS) of CH towards three southern molecular cloud envelopes. The sightlines are selected to probe physically similar gas in different Galactic environments. With a velocity resolution of ∼0.5km.s–1 (R =575000) these observations resolve most kinematic components of the absorption lines. We do, however, detect one line component in the Lupus region, which is not resolved and for which an upper limit of b <0.3km.s–1 is found. We find a correlation between distance of the absorbing gas from the Galactic mid-plane and the fractional abundance of CH. We show that this correlation can be explained as being a result of a fall-off in the ultraviolet radiation field intensity and propose that CH observations in carefully selected sightlines might allow a mapping of the variations in the interstellar radiation field.