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Title: AN INFRARED DIFFUSE CIRCUMSTELLAR BAND? THE UNUSUAL 1.5272 μm DIB IN THE RED SQUARE NEBULA

Abstract

The molecular carriers of the ubiquitous absorption features called the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) have eluded identification for many decades, in part because of the enormous parameter space spanned by the candidates and the limited set of empirical constraints afforded by observations in the diffuse interstellar medium. Detection of these features in circumstellar regions, where the environmental properties are more easily measured, is thus a promising approach to understanding the chemical nature of the carriers themselves. Here, using high-resolution spectra from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment survey, we present an analysis of the unusually asymmetric 1.5272 μm DIB feature along the sightline to the Red Square Nebula (RSN) and demonstrate the likely circumstellar origin of about half of the DIB absorption in this line of sight. This interpretation is supported both by the velocities of the feature components and by the ratio of foreground to total reddening along the line of sight. The RSN sightline offers the unique opportunity to study the behavior of DIB carriers in a constrained environment and thus to shed new light on the carriers themselves.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6]
  1. Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 21218 (United States)
  2. Apache Point Observatory and New Mexico State University, Sunspot, NM 88349 (United States)
  3. Department of Physics, Austin College, Sherman, TX 75090 (United States)
  4. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402 (United States)
  5. Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, E-38205 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)
  6. Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 22904 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22525349
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Astrophysical Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 811; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0004-637X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABSORPTION SPECTRA; ASYMMETRY; DETECTION; EMISSION SPECTRA; GALACTIC EVOLUTION; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; LIMITING VALUES; NEBULAE; RESOLUTION; SPACE; VELOCITY; VISIBLE RADIATION

Citation Formats

Zasowski, G., Chojnowski, S. Drew, Whelan, D. G., Miroshnichenko, A. S., García-Hernández, D. A., and Majewski, S. R., E-mail: gail.zasowski@gmail.com. AN INFRARED DIFFUSE CIRCUMSTELLAR BAND? THE UNUSUAL 1.5272 μm DIB IN THE RED SQUARE NEBULA. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/811/2/119.
Zasowski, G., Chojnowski, S. Drew, Whelan, D. G., Miroshnichenko, A. S., García-Hernández, D. A., & Majewski, S. R., E-mail: gail.zasowski@gmail.com. AN INFRARED DIFFUSE CIRCUMSTELLAR BAND? THE UNUSUAL 1.5272 μm DIB IN THE RED SQUARE NEBULA. United States. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/811/2/119.
Zasowski, G., Chojnowski, S. Drew, Whelan, D. G., Miroshnichenko, A. S., García-Hernández, D. A., and Majewski, S. R., E-mail: gail.zasowski@gmail.com. Thu . "AN INFRARED DIFFUSE CIRCUMSTELLAR BAND? THE UNUSUAL 1.5272 μm DIB IN THE RED SQUARE NEBULA". United States. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/811/2/119.
@article{osti_22525349,
title = {AN INFRARED DIFFUSE CIRCUMSTELLAR BAND? THE UNUSUAL 1.5272 μm DIB IN THE RED SQUARE NEBULA},
author = {Zasowski, G. and Chojnowski, S. Drew and Whelan, D. G. and Miroshnichenko, A. S. and García-Hernández, D. A. and Majewski, S. R., E-mail: gail.zasowski@gmail.com},
abstractNote = {The molecular carriers of the ubiquitous absorption features called the diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs) have eluded identification for many decades, in part because of the enormous parameter space spanned by the candidates and the limited set of empirical constraints afforded by observations in the diffuse interstellar medium. Detection of these features in circumstellar regions, where the environmental properties are more easily measured, is thus a promising approach to understanding the chemical nature of the carriers themselves. Here, using high-resolution spectra from the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment survey, we present an analysis of the unusually asymmetric 1.5272 μm DIB feature along the sightline to the Red Square Nebula (RSN) and demonstrate the likely circumstellar origin of about half of the DIB absorption in this line of sight. This interpretation is supported both by the velocities of the feature components and by the ratio of foreground to total reddening along the line of sight. The RSN sightline offers the unique opportunity to study the behavior of DIB carriers in a constrained environment and thus to shed new light on the carriers themselves.},
doi = {10.1088/0004-637X/811/2/119},
journal = {Astrophysical Journal},
issn = {0004-637X},
number = 2,
volume = 811,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {10}
}