High-resolution CO observations towards the bright eastern knot of the SNR Puppis A
Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE), CC 67, Suc. 28, 1428 Buenos Aires, Argentina e-mail: email@example.com
2 Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, UBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Santiago, Chile
Accepted: 3 January 2008
Aims.This paper reports molecular observations towards the bright eastern knot (BEK) in the SNR Puppis A, a feature where radio and X-ray studies suggest that the shock front is interacting with a dense molecular clump.
Methods.We performed high-resolution millimetric observations towards the BEK of Puppis A using the SEST telescope in the 12CO –0 and 2–1 lines (beams of 45″ and 23″, respectively). More extended, lower angular resolution 12CO –0 observations taken from NANTEN archival data were also analyzed to obtain a complete picture.
Results. In the velocity range near 16 km s-1, which is the Puppis A systemic velocity, our study revealed two important properties: (i) no dense molecular gas is detected immediately adjacent to the eastern border of the BEK and (ii) the molecular clump detected very close to the radiocontinuum maximum is probably located in the foreground along the line of sight and has not yet been reached by the SNR shock front. We propose two possible scenarios for explaining the absence of molecular emission eastwards of the BEK border of Puppis A. Either the shock front has completely engulfed and destroyed a molecular clump or the shock front is interacting with part of a larger cloud, and we do not detect CO emission immediately beyond it because the molecules have been dissociated by photodissociation and by reactions with photoionized material due to the radiative precursor.
Key words: ISM: molecules / ISM: clouds / ISM: supernova remnants
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