Query : 1997A&A...322..962L

1997A&A...322..962L - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 322, 962-974 (1997/6-3)

Molecular emission from the diffuse gas around ζ Ophiuchi.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have mapped λ18cm OH and λ9cm CH emission from the diffuse gas around ζ Oph, and find no trace of emission from the +4.5km/s gas whose OH line was previously believed to represent pre-shock gas. The pattern of OH emission is strikingly dissimilar to those of CO, HCO+ and CH in that the strong +1km/s component seen to the South is largely absent in OH. CH more closely resembles CO, peaking on either side of the star, and comparison of CO and CH shows that the CO line `turns on' over a very narrow range of CH line strength. Alternatively, OH emission actually weakens as CO brightens in the +0.4km/s line, but this may be only an excitation effect, and not the result of a declining OH abundance. We mapped λ3mm HCO+ emission over the inner portion of the gas distribution occulting ζ Oph, finding that its behaviour roughly parallels that of CO. We searched for emission from HCN, CS (J=2-1), CN, and C2H at the CO and HCO+ emission peak 30' South of the star. Of these, only HCN was found and it is quite weak compared to HCO+ (Tr*≃0.03K vs. 0.09K). Emission from the other mm-wave species is absent in spectra with rms noise {DELTA}Tr*≃0.01K; CS J=2-1 emission was sought also unsuccessfully toward the star. The column densities inferred from these intensities are uncertain owing to unknown physical conditions along the line of sight, chiefly the kinetic temperature, but they are not necessarily much larger than would be found toward the star. Relative abundances of the high-dipole moment species are better determined; N(HCN)/N(HCO+)≃1, N(CS)/N(HCO+)<1.

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

Simbad objects: 3

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Number of rows : 3
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 3C 286 Sy1 13 31 08.2883506368 +30 30 32.960091564   17.51 17.25     ~ 4059 2
2 LDN 134 MoC 15 53 36.3 -04 35 26           ~ 202 0
3 * zet Oph Be* 16 37 09.5390545 -10 34 01.529471 1.73 2.58 2.56 2.46 2.50 O9.2IVnn 1774 2

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