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Title:A survey of hnco and ch3nco in molecular clouds
Author(s):Halfen, DeWayne T.
Contributor(s):Ziurys, Lucy M.
Abstract:Following the first interstellar detection of CH$_3$NCO in Sgr B2(N) by Halfen et al. (2015), a survey of this species and its likely precursor HNCO has been conducted towards several dense molecular clouds. Three transitions of CH$_3$NCO in its $K_a$ = 0 ladder for both A and E internal rotation states were searched for at 3 mm, using the new ARO ALMA Prototype 12 m telescope. In addition, two transitions of HNCO in its $K_a$ = 0 and 2 ladders were observed near 88 and 110 GHz. Emission from CH$_3$NCO was detected towards Orion-KL, G34.3, W51M, Sgr B2(2N), and DR-21(OH) with intensities of T$_A$$^$ $\approx$ 10-40 mK. HNCO was also found in each source observed. The ratio of HNCO/CH$_3$NCO estimated from these data is around 25 - 45, consistent with that derived from Sgr B2(N). These results suggest that HNCO is most likely the chemical precursor to CH$_3$NCO.
Issue Date:2016-06-22
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 by the authors
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-01-26

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