Beckman, John E.; Watt, Graeme D.; White, Glenn J.; Phillips, J. Peter; Frost, Robin L. and Davis, John H.
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The 2(1,1) - 2(1,2) rotational transition of HDO has been detected towards the KL position at the center of the OMC-1 at a velocity VLSR of +5.5(± 1.3)km s-1, corresponding to emission from the central core. This measurement is combined with previous estimates of the H2O abundance close to KL to obtain an [HDO]:[H2O] ratio of 9.5(±1.5) x 10-3. The systematic model-dependence of this ratio is examined in some detail, to show how reliably it may be used to obtain a radial gradient of [HDO]:[H2O], and hence of [D]:[H], within the Galaxy.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||1982 Royal Astronomical Society|
|Keywords:||deuterium; Lyman spectra; molecular clouds; Orion constellation; atomic energy levels; isotope effect|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Science > Physical Sciences
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)|
|Depositing User:||G. J. White|
|Date Deposited:||07 Jun 2012 08:23|
|Last Modified:||19 Jan 2016 13:18|
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