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Name OT2_odionato_3
Title Measuring the CO/H2 ratio in warm gas


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-p6j3rvu
Author European Space Agency
Description The CO/H2 ratio is commonly used in numerous astrophysical systems to determine the total
amount of molecular hydrogen from observations of CO. However, our current knowledge of this
fundamental quantity is mostly based on measurements of cold gas; for the case of hot gas we
rely only on a couple of direct measurements, dating back to almost 20 years ago.

Here we propose to measure the CO/H2 ratio and its possible variations in hot gas.
Our aim is to combine observations from Herschel and Spitzer tracing both
molecules, in regions excited by protostelalr outflows. Current investigations
show that emission from CO and H2 arises from gas at very similar excitation conditions.
This fact provides strong indications that both molecules trace the same volume of gas,
and therefore comparison of their column densities can directly lead to their ratio.
Instrument PACS_PacsLineSpec_point
Temporal Coverage 2012-10-11T10:34:43Z/2012-10-21T03:02:48Z
Version SPG v14.2.0
Mission Description 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.
Creator Contact https://support.cosmos.esa.int/h®erschel/
Date Published 2013-04-21T01:58:01Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2013, Measuring The Co/H2 Ratio In Warm Gas, SPG v14.2.0, European Space Agency, https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-p6j3rvu