MEASUREMENTS OF THE (H2CO)-C-13 ORTHO/PARA RATIO IN COLD DARK MOLECULAR CLOUDS
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ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
H_2_^13^CO has been detected for the first time toward cold dark molecular clouds using the NRAO 12m telescope. The H_2_^13^CO ortho/para abundance ratio R for B335, which we report as R~1.7, suggests equilibrium at the local kinetic temperature and appears to be distinctly different from that for both TMC-1 and L134N, where R is close to or higher than the statistical value 3. Since only B335 among the observed positions includes an imbedded IR source, this difference may result from heating of the grain surfaces, providing the energy necessary for desorption of formaldehyde formed on the grains.
MINH, YC; DICKENS, JE; Irvine, William M.; and MCGONAGLE, D, "MEASUREMENTS OF THE (H2CO)-C-13 ORTHO/PARA RATIO IN COLD DARK MOLECULAR CLOUDS" (1995). ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS. 222.
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