Diffuse interstellar bands toward HD 62542

Máté Ádámkovics, Geoffrey A. Blake, Benjamin J. McCall

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Diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) have been detected for the first time along the peculiar translucent line of sight toward HD 62542, which passes through a diffuse cloud core. Although only a small fraction (18 out of more than 300) of generally weak DIB features have been shown to correlate with C2 and C3 (the "C2 DIBs"), it is predominantly these DIBs that are observed toward HD 62542. The typically strong DIBs λλ5780 and 5797 are detected but are significantly weaker than toward other lines of sight with similar reddening. Other commonly observed DIBs (such as λλ4430, 6270, and 6284) remain noticeably absent. These observations further support the suggestion that the line of sight toward HD 62542 crosses only the core of a diffuse cloud and show that the correlation between the C2 DIBs and small carbon chains is maintained in environments with very large fractions of molecular hydrogen, fH2 > 0.8. A comparison of CH, CN, C2, and C3 column densities and C2 DIB strengths toward HD 62542, HD 204827, and HD 172028 suggests that the line of sight toward HD 204827 passes through a diffuse cloud core similar to that seen toward HD 62542, as well as what might be referred to as a diffuse cloud envelope. This indicates that the bare core toward HD 62542 may not have significantly different relative chemical abundances from other diffuse cloud cores and that the C2 DIBs may serve as a diagnostic of such cores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)857-863
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 I
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Astrochemistry
  • ISM: lines and bands
  • ISM: molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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