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Detection of OH Absorption Against PSR B1849+00
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 17:00 authored by Stanimirovic, S, Weisberg, JM, John DickeyJohn Dickey, de la Fuente, A, Devine, K, Hedden, A, Anderson, SB
We have searched for OH absorption against seven pulsars using the Arecibo telescope. In both OH main lines (at 1665 and 1667 MHz), deep and narrow absorption features were detected toward PSR B1849+00. In addition, we have detected several absorption and emission features against B33.6+0.1, a nearby supernova remnant (SNR). The most interesting result of this study is that a pencil-sharp absorption sample against the PSR differs greatly from the large-angle absorption sample observed against the SNR. If both the PSR and the SNR probe the same molecular cloud, then this finding has important implications for absorption studies of the molecular medium, since it shows that the statistics of absorbing OH depends on the size of the background source. We also show that the OH absorption against the PSR most likely originates from a small (<30â€³) and dense (>105 cm -3) molecular clump.
Publication titleThe Astrophysical Journal
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Place of publicationChicago, USA