R. S. Thampi
Articles written in Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
Volume 31 Issue 1 March 2010 pp 31-41
We have made spectral line analysis of CO and its isotopic lines from dark cloud Lynds 183 (L183). Our dataset incorporates 12CO(1––0), 13CO(1––0) and 13CO(2––1) lines using NRAO-12m and 12CO(3––2), 13CO(3––2) lines using CSO-10m telescopes, respectively. Observations suggest steep north-south (direction with respect to the offset position (0, 0)) temperature gradient in the cloud. These are likely to be caused by non-uniform, Inter Stellar Radiation Field (ISRF) illumination due to the shadow of nearby L134 cloud complex. As the emission of radiation depends on local properties like density and kinetic temperature, the present study attempts to deduce the irradiation contrast (and the resulting temperature difference) using 1D Monte Carlo radiative transfer code RATRAN. The model results accord with the observed data and shows a temperature difference of ∼ 7 K mainly within the cloud envelope. This results in a non-uniform intensity distribution of both CO and its species.
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