Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1306.3972 (David L. Cotten et al.)

A High-Resolution Study of the CO-H2 Conversion Factor in the Diffuse Cloud MBM 40    [PDF]

David L. Cotten, Loris Magnani
We made CO(1-0) observations of 103 lines of sight in the core and envelope of the high-latitude cloud MBM 40 to determine how the CO-H_2 conversion factor (X_CO) varies throughout the cloud. Calibrating X_CO with CH data at similar resolution (1' for CO, 1.5' for CH) yields values of X_CO ranging from 0.3 10^20 to 3.6 10^20 cm^-2 [K km s^-1]^-1 with an average of 1.5 +/- 0.3 10^20 cm^-2 [K km s^-1]^-1. Given that the cloud has a peak reddening of 0.24 mag, it should be classed as a diffuse rather than a translucent molecular cloud. The mass obtained from the CO data and our values of X_CO is 9.6 M(solar) for the core, 12 M(solar) for the envelope, and 10 M(solar) for the periphery of the cloud. A third of the molecular mass of the cloud is found in a region with E(B-V) < 0.12 mag. With these mass estimates, we determine that the cloud is not gravitationally bound.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.3972

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