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    An ultra-high-resolution study of the interstellar medium towards Orion

    Price, R.J. and Crawford, Ian and Barlow, M.J. and Howarth, I.D. (2001) An ultra-high-resolution study of the interstellar medium towards Orion. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 328 (2), pp. 555-582. ISSN 0035-8711.

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    We report ultra-high-resolution observations graphic of Na I, Ca II, K I, CH and CH+ for interstellar sightlines towards 12 bright stars in Orion. These data enable the detection of many more absorption components than previously recognized, providing a more accurate perspective on the absorbing medium. This is especially so for the line of sight to the Orion nebula, a region not previously studied at very high resolution. Model fits have been constructed for the absorption-line profiles, providing estimates for the column density, velocity dispersion and central velocity for each constituent velocity component. A comparison between the absorption occurring in sightlines with small angular separations has been used, along with comparisons with other studies, to estimate the line-of-sight velocity structures. Comparisons with earlier studies have also revealed temporal variability in the absorption-line profile of ζ Ori, highlighting the presence of small-scale spatial structure in the interstellar medium on scales of ≈10 au. Where absorption from both Na0 and K0 is observed for a particular cloud, a comparison of the velocity dispersions measured for each of these species provides rigorous limits on both the kinetic temperature and turbulent velocity prevailing in each cloud. Our results indicate the turbulent motions to be subsonic in each case.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 13:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:53


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