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 Title: INVESTIGATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF COMPLEX MOLECULES AT LOW FREQUENCY USING THE KARL G. JANSKY VERY LARGE ARRAY IN SEARCH OF THE EXCITATION OF HNCNH Author(s): Remijan, Anthony Contributor(s): Corby, Joanna F.; Burkhardt, Andrew M.; McGuire, Brett A. Subject(s): Astronomy Abstract: In 2012, McGuire et al.\ identified carbodiimide (HNCNH), an isomer of the well-known interstellar species cyanamide (NH2CN) which was first detected in 1975 at millimeter wavelengths by Turner et al. The detection of HNCNH was done using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope as part of the PRIMOS survey toward Sgr B2(N). Given the excitation of the detected transitions, it was concluded that NHCNH was a weak astronomical maser and the only way HNCNH could be detected was by those transitions which are amplified by masing. Many other species detected at centimeter wavelengths also have transitions amplified by masing which include, but is not limited to, cyanoacetylene (HC$_3$N), methyl formate (CH$_3$OCHO), methanol (CH$_3$OH) and more recently, formamide (NH$_2$CHO) and possibly methylamine (CH$_3$NH$_2$). The outstanding question remains as to whether the transitions are being enhanced by radiative or collisional processes. To try to ascertain the answer to this question, several low frequency transitions ($\sim$4 GHz) were observed with the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array to determine the overall spatial distribution with respect to the background continuum sources and other sources of molecular emission. This talk will present the results of these observations and discuss the possible time variability of some of these low frequency, large molecule astronomical masers. Issue Date: 06/21/18 Publisher: International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy Citation Info: APS Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation Type: Text Language: English URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/100670 DOI: 10.15278/isms.2018.RL04 Other Identifier(s): RL04 Date Available in IDEALS: 2018-08-172018-12-12
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