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Volume 428, Number 3, December IV 2004
Page(s) 1019 - 1026
Section Atomic, molecular and nuclear data
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20041384

A&A 428, 1019-1026 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20041384

Accurate rest frequencies of methanol maser and dark cloud lines

H. S. P. Müller1, K. M. Menten2 and H. Mäder3

1  I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicher Strasse 77, 50937 Köln, Germany
    e-mail: hspm@ph1.uni-koeln.de
2  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
3  Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 40, 24098 Kiel, Germany

(Received 1 June 2004 / Accepted 15 July 2004)

We report accurate laboratory measurements of selected methanol transition frequencies between 0.834 and 230 GHz in order to facilitate astronomical velocity analyses. New data have been obtained between 10 and 27 GHz and between 60 and 119 GHz. Emphasis has been put on known or potential interstellar maser lines as well as on transitions suitable for the investigation of cold dark clouds. Because of the narrow line widths ( < 0.5 km s -1) of maser lines and lines detected in dark molecular clouds, accurate frequencies are needed for comparison of the velocities of different methanol lines with each other as well as with lines from other species. In particular, frequencies for a comprehensive set of transitions are given which, because of their low energy levels ( < 20 cm -1 or 30 K), are potentially detectable in cold clouds. Global Hamiltonian fits generally do not yet yield the required accuracy. Additionally, we report transition frequencies for other lines that may be used to test and to improve existing Hamiltonian models.

Key words: masers -- molecular data -- ISM: molecules -- radio lines: ISM -- line: identification -- line: profiles

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