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We present a search for infrared dust emission associated with the Leo cloud, a large intergalactic cloud in the M96 group. Mid-infrared and far-infrared images were obtained with the InfraRed Array Camera and the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer on the Spitzer Space Telescope. Our analysis of these maps is done at each wavelength relative to the H i spatial distribution. We observe a probable detection at 8 μm and a marginal detection at 24 μm associated with the highest H i column densities in the cloud. At 70 and 160 μm, upper limits on the dust emission are deduced. The level of the detection is low so that the possibility of a fortuitous cirrus clump or of an overdensity of extragalactic sources along the line of sight cannot be excluded. If this detection is confirmed, the quantities of dust inferred imply a dust-to-gas ratio in the intergalactic cloud up to a few times solar but no less than 1/20 solar. A confirmed detection would therefore exclude the possibility that the intergalactic cloud has a primordial origin. Instead, this large intergalactic cloud could therefore have been formed through interactions between galaxies in the group.
Bot, Caroline; Helou, George; Latter, William B.; Puget, Jérémie; Schneider, Stephen; and Terzian, Yervant, "A SEARCH FOR DUST EMISSION IN THE LEO INTERGALACTIC CLOUD" (2009). Astronomical Journal. 552.