Orion B (NGC 2024). II. Hat creek synthesis observations of the molecular core in the J = 1 → 0 line of HCO+

Peter J. Barnes, Richard M. Crutcher

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We present the first aperture synthesis maps of HCO+ J = 1 → 0 emission at 89 GHz of the molecular cloud Orion B obtained with the Hat Creek Array. The spatial resolution is 11″ × 8″ and the velocity resolution is 0.53 km s-1. The maps show much fine structure in the dense molecular core, including a centrally located broad-line region with an elliptical velocity distribution and apparently centered on the farinfrared source FIR 6, a long, quiescent, NS-oriented ridge at a P.A. of -10° with a similar appearance to the cold dust emission, an EW ridge which exactly abuts the ionization front of the adjacent H II region, and a possible one-sided high-density outflow to the south with an origin apparently not near any of the near-infrared (NIR) sources but instead close to FIR 5. FIR 5 and 6 therefore seem to indicate two different centers of activity in the molecular core. We do not detect any emission from the optically visible dust lane, possibly suggesting a lower density than the core for this foreground molecular gas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-188
Number of pages13
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990


  • Interferometry
  • Interstellar: molecules
  • Nebulae: individual (NGC 2024)
  • Nebulae: internal motions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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