Tuesday 08/31/2012

Spatial distribution and interpretation of the 3.3 μm PAH emission band of the Red Rectangle

Authors: A. Candian, T. H. Kerr, I.-O. Song, J. McCombie, P. J. Sarre

(Submitted on 30 Jul 2012)

Abstract: The spatial distribution of 3.3 \mum PAH and associated emission in the 3.3″ x 6.0″ inner region of the Red Rectangle nebula has been determined using the UIST imager-spectrometer at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT). Interpretation of the 3.3 \mum feature as comprising two spectroscopic components centred at 3.30 \mum and 3.28 \mum, as put forward by Song et al. (2003, 2007), is supported by these data which reveal that they have different spatial distributions. It is deduced that there are two classes of 3.3 \mum band carrier with a peak wavelength separation of ~0.02 \mum. From comparison of the 3.3 \mum observations with laboratory and theoretical spectra for a range of PAH molecules it is proposed that the 3.28 \mum and 3.30 \mum components arise from ‘bay’ and ‘non-bay’ hydrogen sites, respectively, on the periphery of small neutral PAHs. Observational data are also obtained for L-band continuum emission and for the Pfund \epsilon hydrogen recombination line.

Comments: 10 pages, 7 figures. Accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Galaxy Astrophysics (astro-ph.GA)
Cite as: arXiv:1207.6990v1 [astro-ph.GA]
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