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Herschel observations of EXtra-Ordinary Sources (HEXOS): Detection of hydrogen fluoride in absorption towards Orion KL

Phillips, T. G. and Lis, D. C. and Bell, T. A. and Emprechtinger, M. and Blake, G. A. and Latter, W. D. and Lord, S. D. and Morris, P. and Zmuidzinas, J. and Boogert, A. and Karpov, A. and Kooi, J. (2010) Herschel observations of EXtra-Ordinary Sources (HEXOS): Detection of hydrogen fluoride in absorption towards Orion KL. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 518 . L109. ISSN 0004-6361. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201014570.

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We report a detection of the fundamental rotational transition of hydrogen fluoride in absorption towards Orion KL using Herschel/HIFI. After the removal of contaminating features associated with common molecules (“weeds”), the HF spectrum shows a P-Cygni profile, with weak redshifted emission and strong blue-shifted absorption, associated with the low-velocity molecular outflow. We derive an estimate of 2.9 × 10^(13) cm^(-2) for the HF column density responsible for the broad absorption component. Using our best estimate of the H_2 column density within the low-velocity molecular outflow, we obtain a lower limit of ~1.6 × 10^(-10) for the HF abundance relative to hydrogen nuclei, corresponding to ~0.6% of the solar abundance of fluorine. This value is close to that inferred from previous ISO observations of HF J = 2–1 absorption towards Sgr B2, but is in sharp contrast to the lower limit of 6 × 10^(-9) derived by Neufeld et al. for cold, foreground clouds on the line of sight towards G10.6-0.4.

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Additional Information:© 2010 ESO. Received 30 March 2010; Accepted 20 April 2010; Published online 16 July 2010. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. HIFI has been designed and built by a consortium of institutes and university departments from across Europe, Canada and the United States under the leadership of SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Groningen, The Netherlands and with major contributions from Germany, France and the US. Consortium members are: Canada: CSA, U.Waterloo; France: CESR, LAB, LERMA, IRAM; Germany: KOSMA, MPIfR, MPS; Ireland, NUI Maynooth; Italy: ASI, IFSI-INAF, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri- INAF; Netherlands: SRON, TUD; Poland: CAMK, CBK; Spain: Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (IGN), Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA). Sweden: Chalmers University of Technology – MC2, RSS & GARD; Onsala Space Observatory; Swedish National Space Board, Stockholm University – Stockholm Observatory; Switzerland: ETH Zurich, FHNW; USA: Caltech, JPL, NHSC. Support for this work was provided by NASA through an award issued by JPL/Caltech. CSO is supported by the NSF, award AST-0540882.
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Official Citation:Herschel observations of EXtra-Ordinary Sources (HEXOS): Detection of hydrogen fluoride in absorption towards Orion KL T. G. Phillips, E. A. Bergin, D. C. Lis, D. A. Neufeld, T. A. Bell, S. Wang, N. R. Crockett, M. Emprechtinger, G. A. Blake, E. Caux, C. Ceccarelli, J. Cernicharo, C. Comito, F. Daniel, M.-L. Dubernet, P. Encrenaz, M. Gerin, T. F. Giesen, J. R. Goicoechea, P. F. Goldsmith, E. Herbst, C. Joblin, D. Johnstone, W. D. Langer, W. D. Latter, S. D. Lord, S. Maret, P. G. Martin, G. J. Melnick, K. M. Menten, P. Morris, H. S. P. Müller, J. A. Murphy, V. Ossenkopf, J. C. Pearson, M. Pérault, R. Plume, S.-L. Qin, P. Schilke, S. Schlemmer, J. Stutzki, N. Trappe, F. F. S. van der Tak, C. Vastel, H. W. Yorke, S. Yu, J. Zmuidzinas, A. Boogert, R. Güsten, P. Hartogh, N. Honingh, A. Karpov, J. Kooi, J.-M. Krieg and R. Schieder A&A 518 L109 (2010) DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201014570
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