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Searching for trans ethyl methyl ether in Orion KL

AuthorsTercero, Belén ; Cernicharo, José ; López, A.; Brouillet, N.; Kolesniková, L.; Motiyenko, R. A.; Margulès, L.; Alonso, J. L.; Guillemin, J.-C.
KeywordsISM: clouds
Surveys
Radio lines: ISM
ISM: molecules
ISM: individual objects: Orion KL
ISM: abundances
Issue Date2-Oct-2015
PublisherEDP Sciences
CitationAstronomy and Astrophysics 582: L1 (2015)
AbstractWe report on the tentative detection of trans ethyl methyl ether (tEME), t-CH3CH2OCH3, through the identification of a large number of rotational lines from each one of the spin states of the molecule towards Orion KL. We also search for gauche-trans-n-propanol, Gt-n-CH3CH2CH2OH, an isomer of tEME in the same source. We have identified lines of both species in the IRAM 30 m line survey and in the ALMA Science Verification data. We have obtained ALMA maps to establish the spatial distribution of these species. Whereas tEME mainly arises from the compact ridge component of Orion, Gt-n-propanol appears at the emission peak of ethanol (south hot core). The derived column densities of these species at the location of their emission peaks are ≤(4.0 ± 0.8) × 1015 cm-2 and ≤(1.0 ± 0.2) × 1015 cm-2 for tEME and Gt-n-propanol, respectively. The rotational temperature is ~100 K for both molecules. We also provide maps of CH3OCOH, CH3CH2OCOH, CH3OCH3, CH3OH, and CH3CH2OH to compare the distribution of these organic saturated O-bearing species containing methyl and ethyl groups in this region. Abundance ratios of related species and upper limits to the abundances of non-detected ethers are provided. We derive an abundance ratio N(CH3OCH3)/N(tEME) ≥ 150 in the compact ridge of Orion.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201526255
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/183017
Identifiersdoi: 10.1051/0004-6361/201526255
e-issn: 1432-0746
issn: 0004-6361
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