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Title: Search for the infrared emission features from deuterated interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

We report the results of a search for emission features from interstellar deuterated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the 4 μm region with the Infrared Camera (IRC) on board AKARI. No significant excess emission is seen in 4.3-4.7 μm in the spectra toward the Orion Bar and M17 after the subtraction of line emission from the ionized gas. A small excess of emission remains at around 4.4 and 4.65 μm, but the ratio of their intensity to that of the band emission from PAHs at 3.3-3.5 μm is estimated as 2%-3%. This is an order of magnitude smaller than the values previously reported and also those predicted by the model of deuterium depletion onto PAHs. Since the subtraction of the ionized gas emission introduces an uncertainty, the deuterated PAH features are also searched for in the reflection nebula GN 18.14.0, which does not show emission lines from ionized gas. We obtain a similar result that excess emission in the 4 μm region, if present, is about 2% of the PAH band emission in the 3 μm region. The present study does not find evidence for the presence of the large amount of deuterated PAHs that the depletion model predicts. Themore » results are discussed in the context of deuterium depletion in the interstellar medium.« less
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)
  2. Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan)
  3. I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln D-50937 Köln (Germany)
  4. Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22348268
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 780; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABUNDANCE; DEUTERIUM; DUSTS; EMISSION; INFRARED RADIATION; INTERSTELLAR SPACE; NEBULAE; POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS; REFLECTION; SPECTRA