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Deuterated methanol in Orion BN/KL

Peng, T. -C., Despois, D., Brouillet, N., Parise, Berengere and Baudry, A. 2012. Deuterated methanol in Orion BN/KL. Astronomy and Astrophysics 543 , A152. 10.1051/0004-6361/201118310

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Aims. Deuterated molecules have been detected and studied toward Orion BN/KL in the past decades, mostly with single-dish telescopes. However, high angular resolution data are critical not only for interpreting the spatial distribution of the deuteration ratio but also for understanding this complex region in terms of cloud evolution involving star-forming activities and stellar feedbacks. Therefore, it is important to investigate the deuterated ratio of methanol, one of the most abundant grain-surface species, on a scale of a few arcseconds to better understand the physical conditions related to deuteration in Orion BN/KL. Methods. Orion BN/KL was extensively observed with the IRAM Plateau de Bure Interferometer from 1999 to 2007 in the 1 to 3 mm range. The angular resolution varies from 1.″8×0.″8 to 3.″6×2.″3 and the spectral resolution varies from 0.4 to 1.9 km s-1. Deuterated methanol CH2DOH and CH3OD and CH3OH lines were searched for within our 3 mm and 1.3 mm data sets. Results. We present here the first high angular resolution (1.″8×0.″8) images of deuterated methanol CH2DOH in Orion BN/KL. Six CH2DOH lines were detected around 105.8, 223.5, and 225.9 GHz. In addition, three E-type methanol lines around 101–102 GHz were detected and were used to derive the corresponding CH3OH rotational temperatures and column densities toward different regions across Orion BN/KL. The strongest CH2DOH and CH3OH emissions come from the Hot Core southwest region with a velocity that is typical of the Compact Ridge (VLSR ≈ 8 km s-1). We derive [CH2DOH]/[CH3OH] abundance ratios of 0.8–1.3 × 10-3 toward three CH2DOH emission peaks. A new transition of CH3OD was detected at 226.2 GHz for the first time in the interstellar medium. Its distribution is similar to that of CH2DOH. Besides, we find that the [CH2DOH]/[CH3OD] abundance ratios are lower than unity in the central part of BN/KL. Furthermore, the HDO 31,2−22,1 line at 225.9 GHz was detected and its emission distribution shows a shift of a few arcseconds with respect to the deuterated methanol emission that likely results from different excitation effects. The deuteration ratios derived along Orion BN/KL are not markedly different from one clump to another. However, various processes such as slow heating due to ongoing star formation, heating by luminous infrared sources, or heating by shocks could be competing to explain some local differences observed for these ratios.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: ISM: clouds ; ISM: molecules ; astrochemistry ; ISM: general
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 16/04/2014)
Publisher: EDP Sciences
ISSN: 0004-6361
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 09:40

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