Published online by Cambridge University Press: 25 April 2016
We have used the Parkes 64m telescope to observe the 20 → 3−1E absorption of CH3 OH at 12.2 GHz towards 58 Galactic H II regions and dark clouds, yielding 38 detections. The results show that CH3 OH absorbing clouds have a typical optical depth of 0.25 and a column density of 8.4 × 1015 cm−2. CH3 OH absorption is often accompanied by unsaturated maser emission and is closely associated with background H II regions. CH3 OH absorption against the 2.7 K background is also observed in several dark clouds.