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Observations of NH3 in Southern Sources

  • R. A. Batchelor (a1), F. F. Gardner (a1), S. H. Knowles (a1) and U. Mebold (a1)

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Ammonia was the first interstellar molecule with more than two atoms to be discovered (Cheung et al. 1968). Since that time it has been observed in many HII regions and dark clouds (Mayer et al. 1973; Morris et al. 1973; Cheung et al. 1973; Kaifu et al. 1975). The molecule has a rich rotation-inversion spectrum with about 10 transitions in the range 23-25 GHz. Each line has hyperfine structure which permits, in principle, the determination of optical depths, filling factors and excitation. Unfortunately line brightness temperatures are low (<1 K) so that a low-noise receiving system and long integration times are required to exploit these possibilities.

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Observations of NH3 in Southern Sources

  • R. A. Batchelor (a1), F. F. Gardner (a1), S. H. Knowles (a1) and U. Mebold (a1)

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