Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 361, 460-468 (2005/August-1)
Fourier transform spectroscopy of the submillimetre continuum emission from hot molecular cores.
FRIESEN R.K., JOHNSTONE D., NAYLOR D.A. and DAVIS G.R.
Abstract (from CDS):
We have used a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) to study the submillimetre continuum emission from dust in three hot molecular cores (HMCs). The spectral index β of the dust emission for these sources has been determined solely within the 30-GHz wide 350-GHz (850µm) passband to an accuracy comparable to those determined through multiwavelength observations. We find an average β≃ 1.6, in agreement with spectral indices determined from previous submillimetre observations of these sources and with those determined for HMC in general. The largest single source of uncertainty in these results is the variability of the atmosphere at 350GHz, and with better sky subtraction techniques we show that the dust spectral index can clearly be determined within one passband to high accuracy with a submillimetre FTS. Using an imaging FTS on the Submillimetre Common User Bolometer Array (SCUBA)-2, the next generation wide-field submillimetre camera currently under development to replace SCUBA at the JCMT in 2006, we calculate that at 350GHz it will be possible to determine β to ±0.1 for sources as faint as 400mJy.beam–1 and to ±0.3 for sources as faint as 140mJy.beam–1.