Rejection of the C-7 diffuse interstellar band hypothesis

B. J. McCall, J. Thorburn, L. M. Hobbs, T. Oka, D. G. York

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Using the new high-resolution (∼8 km s-1) echelle spectrograph on the 3.5 m telescope at the Apache Point Observatory, we have begun a high-sensitivity survey of the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) in a large sample of reddened stars. Now that we are 2 years into this long-term survey, our sample includes over 20 reddened stars that show at least one of the DIBs that had been suggested to be caused by C-7, based on the gas-phase measurement of the C-7 spectrum by J. P. Maier's group. The high-quality astronomical data from this larger sample of stars, along with the spectroscopic constants from the new laboratory work recently reported by Maier's group, have enabled us to examine more carefully the agreement between C-7 and the DIBs. We find that none of the C-7 bands match the DIBs in wavelength or expected profile. One of the DIBs (λ5748) attributed to C-7 is actually a stellar line. The two strongest DIBs attributed to C-7 (λ6270 and λ4964) are not correlated in strength, so they cannot share the same carrier. On the whole, we find no evidence supporting the hypothesis that C-7 is a carrier of the DIBs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L49-L53
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - Sep 20 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • ISM: molecules
  • Line: identification
  • Methods: laboratory
  • Molecular data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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