Letter to the Editor
Diffuse interstellar bands in M 33
Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University, Belfast, BT7 1NN, UK e-mail: email@example.com
2 School of Chemistry, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
3 Herschel Science Centre, European Space Astronomy Centre, ESA, PO Box 78, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
4 UK ATC, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ, UK
5 Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg, Sternwartstr. 7, 96049 Bamberg, Germany
6 Institute for Astronomy of the University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, 96822 Honolulu, HI, USA
Accepted: 10 October 2008
Aims. We investigate the diffuse interstellar band (DIB) spectrum in the interstellar medium of the Local Group spiral galaxy M 33.
Methods. Optical spectra of the M 33 supergiant star J013346.96+303642.8 were taken at a resolving power of ~3000 using the DEIMOS spectrograph of the W. M. Keck Observatory.
Results. We report the first detection and measurement of DIBs in M 33. The λλ5705, 5780, 5797, 6203, 6269, 6283, and 6613 DIBs are detected at velocities matching the M 33 absorption lines. The λ4428 DIB is tentatively detected. The stellar spectrum is classified as A3 Ia and the line-of-sight interstellar reddening is derived. Diffuse interstellar band (DIB) equivalent widths and radial velocities are presented.
Conclusions. The overall spectrum of DIBs observed in M 33 is found to be similar to that observed in the Milky Way. However, along this line-of-sight, the M 33 DIB equivalent widths per unit reddening are large compared with those typically observed in the Galaxy.
Key words: astrochemistry / galaxies: Local Group / galaxies: ISM / ISM: lines and bands / ISM: atoms / ISM: dust, extinction
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