FUSE measurements of far-ultraviolet extinction. III. The dependence on R(V) and discrete feature limits from 75 galactic sightlines.
GORDON K.D., CARTLEDGE S. and CLAYTON G.C.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a sample of 75 extinction curves derived from Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) far-ultraviolet spectra supplemented by existing International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) spectra. The extinction curves were created using the standard pair method based on a new set of dereddened FUSE+IUE comparison stars. Molecular hydrogen absorption features were removed using individualized H2 models for each sightline. The general shape of the FUSE extinction (8.4 µm–1 < λ–1 < 11 µm–1) was found to be broadly consistent with extrapolations from the IUE extinction (3.3 µm–1 < λ–1 < 8.6 µm–1) curve. Significant differences were seen in the strength of the far-UV rise and the width of the 2175 Å bump. All the FUSE+IUE extinction curves had positive far-UV slopes giving no indication that the far-UV rise was turning over at the shortest wavelengths. The dependence of A(λ)/A(V) versus R(V)–1 in the far-UV using the sightlines in our sample was found to be stronger than tentatively indicated by previous work. We present an updated R(V)-dependent relationship for the full UV wavelength range (3.3 µm–1 ≤ λ–1 ≤ 11 µm–1). Finally, we searched for discrete absorption features in the far-ultraviolet. We found a 3σ upper limit of ∼0.12A(V) on features with a resolution of 250 (∼4 Å width) and 3σ upper limits of ∼0.15A(V) for λ–1 < 9.6 µm–1 and ∼0.68A(V) for λ–1>9.6 µm–1 on features with a resolution of 104 (∼0.1 Å width).
erratum vol. 781, art. 128 (2014)
Status at CDS:
BD+53820 is a misprint for BD+532820.