Probing the magnetic field with molecular ion spectra. II.
HOUDE M., PENG R., PHILLIPS T.G., BASTIEN P. and YOSHIDA H.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present further observational evidence in support of our earlier proposal for detecting the presence of the magnetic field in molecular clouds by comparing spectra of molecular ions with those of neutral molecules. The ion lines tend to be narrower and do not show the wings due to flows, when the magnetic field is sufficiently strong. We obtained spectra for the optically thin lines of the H13CN and H13CO+ species in a sample of 10 molecular clouds and found the results to be in agreement with our previous observations of the main isotopic species, HCN and HCO+, made in OMC-1, OMC-2, OMC-3, and DR 21(OH), thus eliminating the possibility of optical depth effects playing a role in the ion line narrowing. HCS+ was also detected in four of these star-forming regions. We also discuss previously published results by Benson et al. of N2H+ detections in a large sample of dark clouds. We show that the similarity in line widths between ion and neutral species in their sample is consistent with the relatively small amount of turbulence and other flows observed in these clouds.