Title: Detection of abundant CO2 ice in the quiescent dark cloud medium toward Elias 16
Authors: Whittet, DCB ×
Gerakines, PA
Tielens, AGGM
Adamson, AJ
Boogert, ACA
Chiar, JE
de Graauw, T
Ehrenfreund, P
Prusti, T
Schutte, WA
Vandenbussche, Bart
van Dishoeck, EF #
Issue Date: May-1998
Publisher: Univ chicago press
Series Title: Astrophysical journal vol:498 issue:2 pages:L159-L163
Abstract: We report the first detection of solid carbon dioxide (CO2) in quiescent regions of a dark cloud in the solar neighborhood, a result that has important implications for models of ice formation and evolution in the interstellar medium. The K-type field star Elias 16 was previously known to display solid-state absorption features of H2O and CO ices arising in the Taurus Dark Cloud. Our detection of the CO2 feature at 4.27 mu m in this line of sight implies a column density N(CO2) = 4.6(-0.6)(+1.3) x 10(17) cm(-2), equivalent to similar to 18% and 70% of the H2O and CO column densities, respectively. Comparison with laboratory data indicates that (unlike CO) the CO2 resides primarily in a polar (H2O-rich) component of the ices. CO2 is formed easily in the laboratory by the photolysis of ice mixtures containing CO2 but the detection toward Elias 16 indicates that CO2 formation can occur in dark clouds in the absence of a local embedded source of radiation. Possible alternative mechanisms for CO2 production include grain surface reactions and energetic processing driven by the interstellar radiation field or cosmic rays.
ISSN: 0004-637X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute of Astronomy
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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