Letter to the Editor
The kinetic temperature of Barnard 68*
Observatory, PO Box 14, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Corresponding author: S. Hotzel, email@example.com
Accepted: 26 September 2002
We have observed the nearby isolated globule Barnard 68 (B68) in the and inversion lines of ammonia. The gas kinetic temperature derived from these is . The observed line-widths are almost thermal: (), supporting the earlier hypothesis that B68 is in hydrostatic equilibrium. The kinetic temperature is an input parameter to the physical cloud model put forward recently, and we discuss the impact of the new value in this context.
Key words: ISM: individual objects: Barnard 68 / ISM: abundances / ISM: molecules
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