Greaves, J. S. and White, Glenn J.
Chemistry and structure of the OMC1 radical region.
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 259 pp. 457–464.
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A 7-arcmin strip along the OMC1 ridge has been mapped in the transitions 13CO J = 2-1, 13CS J = 5-4 and CN N = 2-1. The cyanogen radical is found not to have an exceptionally high abundance in the so-called 'Radical Region'. Strong CN N = 1-0 emission detected previously instead results from a low excitation temperature. The N = 2-1 transition is subthermalized, in spite of optical depths as high as 3, and this is explained in terms of non-LTE effects.
The chemistry of the Radical Region is examined using results from a recent spectral survey. The abundances of HCN, CS, C3H2 and CH3CCH are found to be similar to those in the cloud core, while SO, HCO+ and HCS+ are enhanced in the Radical Region by factors of ~ 5-50. It is concluded that this part of the cloud does not have very unusual chemistry. Previous results suggesting anomalous abundances are misleading, because the low-J transitions observed were enhanced in cool, dense gas.
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