Volume 402, Number 2, May I 2003
|Page(s)||635 - 645|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||14 April 2003|
The line-of-sight distribution of water in the SgrB2 complex*
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
2 Laboratoire de Radioastronomie Millimétrique, Observatoire de Paris and École Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
3 California Institute of Technology, Downs Laboratory of Physics 320-47, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
Corresponding author: C. Comito, email@example.com
Accepted: 27 February 2003
We report the detection, with the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, of the 894-GHz HDO() transition, observed in absorption against the background continuum emission of the SgrB2 cores M and N. Radiative transfer modeling of this feature, together with the published data set of mm and submm HDO and H transitions, suggests that ground-state absorption features from deuterated and non-deuterated water trace different gas components along the line of sight. In particular, while the HDO line seems to be produced by the large column densities of gas located in the SgrB2 warm envelope, the H ground-state transition detected by SWAS and KAO at 548 GHz (Neufeld et al. [CITE]; Zmuidzinas et al. [CITE]) is instead a product of the hot, diffuse, thin gas layer lying in the foreground of the SgrB2 complex.
Key words: astrochemistry / ISM: individual objects: SgrB2 / ISM: abundances / ISM: molecules
© ESO, 2003
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