Volume 367, Number 3, March I 2001
|Page(s)||995 - 999|
|Published online||15 March 2001|
Absorption against the cosmic 2.7 K background
School of Physical Sciences, S.R.T.M. University, Nanded 431 606, India
2 Institut für Theoretische Physik, J.W. Goethe-Universität, 60054 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Corresponding author: W. H. Kegel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 December 2000
Two interstellar lines, 1 111 of formaldehyde at 4.831 GHz, and 2 211 of cyclopropenylidene at 21.590 GHz, have so far been observed in absorption against the cosmic 2.7 K background. Observation of an interstellar line in absorption against the cosmic 2.7 K background is an unusual phenomenon, and can only be possible under rather peculiar conditions developed in the molecule, generating the line. We predict that two more lines, 3 321 at 27.100 GHz, and 3 322 at 59.550 GHz of cyclopropenylidene, and three lines, 2 211 at 15.600 GHz, 3 321 at 23.100 GHz, and 3 322 at 39.700 GHz of ethylene oxide, may show absorption against the cosmic 2.7 K background. We speculate that such peculiar conditions are characteristic for b-type asymmetrical top molecules. -The observation of these lines may be used to place upper bounds to the density in the absorbing region.
Key words: molecular processes / ISM: molecules / Cosmology: cosmic microwave background / radio lines: ISM
© ESO, 2001
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