|Completing the OH ladder for HH 46
|First results from PACS observations towards the low-mass protostar HH 46 show surprisingly bright OH lines. The hydroxyl radical OH plays important roles in the water and oxygen chemistry of star-forming regions and their cooling. Furthermore, the hydroxyl-to-water line ratios are interesting tracers for ionizing radiation. We propose a nearly complete observation of the OH ladder in low-mass star formation for the first time. Four OH transitions in the class I object HH 46 were detected by PACS. We propose complementary observations towards the source in PACS line spectroscopy mode at 53, 56, 65, 71, 96, 115 and 135 micron. We gain insight in the origin and formation of OH from the PACS spatial information. The completeness of the OH ladder allows a reliable determination of the OH abundance and thus constrains water chemistry and cooling contribution more precisely. In addition, we propose HIFI observations of the OH transition at 163.4 micron to resolve the three hyperfine components for the first time. This will allow to determine optical depths of OH and test the hypothesis of asymmetries between the two closely spaced triplets, as the second triplet will be observed within the HIFI priority science program. Note: This proposal is submitted under the Swiss part of the HIFI guaranteed time program; HIFI PI: Frank Helmich, HIFI Swiss Lead CoI: Arnold O. Benz
|Origin of warm and hot gas emission from low-mass protostars: Herschel-HIFI observations of CO J = 16-15. I. Line profiles, physical conditions, and H2O abundance . Kristensen L. E. et al. . Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 605, id.A93, 19 pp. . 605 . 10.1051/0004-6361/201630127 . 2017A&A...605A..93K ,
|Herschel was launched on 14 May 2009! It is the fourth 'cornerstone' mission in the ESA science programme. With a 3.5 m Cassegrain telescope it is the largest space telescope ever launched. It is performing photometry and spectroscopy in approximately the 55-671 µm range, bridging the gap between earlier infrared space missions and groundbased facilities.
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