Observations Of Rotationally Resolved C3 in Translucent Sight Lines

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

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The rotationally resolved spectrum of the A1u ← X1g+ 000-000 transition of C 3, centered at 4051.6 Å, has been observed along 10 translucent lines of sight. To interpret these spectra, a new method for the determination of column densities and analysis of excitation profiles involving the simulation and fitting of observed spectra has been developed. The populations of lower rotational levels (J ≤ 14) in C3 are best fitted by thermal distributions that are consistent with the kinetic temperatures determined from the excitation profile of C2. Just as in the case of C2, higher rotational levels (J > 14) of C 3 show increased nonthermal population distributions in clouds that have been determined to have total gas densities below ∼500 cm-3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-246
Number of pages12
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 I
StatePublished - Sep 20 2003


  • Astrochemistry
  • Ism: Lines and bands
  • Ism: Molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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