Volume 402, Number 3, May II 2003
First Science with the ODIN satellite
|Page(s)||L73 - L76|
|Published online||23 April 2003|
Letter to the Editor
On the low ammonia abundance of the ρ Oph A core
Stockholm Observatory, SCFAB, Roslagstullsbacken 21, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
2 Onsala Space Observatory, 439 92 Onsala, Sweden
3 Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
4 Laboratoire d'Astronomie Spatiale, BP 8, 13376 Marseille Cedex 12, France
5 LERMA & FRE 2460 du CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, 61 Av. de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
6 LERMA & FRE 2460 du CNRS, École Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris, France
7 Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, 5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7, Canada
8 Swedish Space Corporation, PO Box 4207, 171 04 Solna, Sweden
9 Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4M1, Canada
10 Observatory, PO Box 14, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
11 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Calgary, ABT 2N 1N4, Canada
12 LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France
13 Metsähovi Radio Observatory, Helsinki University of Technology, Otakaari 5A, 02150 Espoo, Finland
14 Department of Astronomy and Physics, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS B3H 3C3, Canada
15 Swedish National Space Board, Box 4006, 171 04 Solna, Sweden
16 CESR, 9 avenue du Colonel Roche, BP 4346, 31029 Toulouse, France
Corresponding author: R. Liseau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 1 February 2003
Odin has successfully observed the molecular core ρ Oph A in the 572.5 GHz rotational ground state line of ammonia, NH3 (). The interpretation of this result makes use of complementary molecular line data obtained from the ground (C17O and CH3OH) as part of the Odin preparatory work. Comparison of these observations with theoretical model calculations of line excitation and transfer yields a quite ordinary abundance of methanol, X(. Unless NH3 is not entirely segregated from C17O and CH3OH, ammonia is found to be significantly underabundant with respect to typical dense core values, viz. X(.
Key words: ISM: individual objects: ρOph A / clouds / molecules / stars: formation
Based on observations with Odin, a Swedish-led satellite project funded jointly by the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the National Technology Agency of Finland (Tekes) and Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES). The Swedish Space Corporation has been the industrial prime contractor.
© ESO, 2003
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