HCO emission from H II-molecular cloud interface regions.

M. S. Schenewerk, L. E. Snyder, J. M. Hollis, P. R. Jewell, L. M. Ziurys

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A survey of well-known molecular clouds in the four strongest HCO NK-,K+ = 1(01)-0(00) hyperfine transitions has been carried out to determine the prevalence of HCO and to study its chemistry. HCO emission was observed in seven molecular clouds. Three of these, NGC 2264, W49, and NGC 7538, were not previously known sources of HCO. In addition, NGC 2024 and Sgr B2 were mapped and shown to have extensive HCO emission. The survey results show the HCO abundance to be enhanced in H II-molecular cloud interface regions and support a correlation between C+ and HCO emission. The strength of the HCO emission in NGC 2024 is interpreted in terms of this enhancement and the source structure and proximity to Earth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)785-796
Number of pages12
JournalThe Astrophysical journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 15 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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