Space telescope imaging spectrograph observations of interstellar oxygen and krypton in translucent clouds

Stefan I.B. Cartledge*, David M. Meyer, J. T. Lauroesch, U. J. Sofia

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Abstract

We have obtained high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) observations of O I λ1356 and Kr I λ1236 absorption in 11 sight lines characterized by high extinction, large H I column densities, and/or long path lengths. Previous Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) measurements of these weak features in seven relatively nearby diffuse clouds have shown no evidence for density-dependent depletion of either oxygen or krypton and have yielded a weighted mean gas-phase abundance ratio of log [N(O)/N(Kr)]GHRS = 5.56 ± 0.04. Our STIS measurements yield a lower weighted mean of log [N(O)/N(Kr)]STIS = 5.48; the difference is due primarily to several translucent sight lines in the STIS data set that diverge from the GHRS value. These translucent cloud sight lines pass near dense, star-forming regions, notably the p Oph, Orion, and Taurus molecular clouds. Since Kr, as a noble gas, should not be depleted much into grains, these cases suggest a trend toward the enhanced oxygen depletion predicted for denser ISM clouds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-399
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume562
Issue number1 PART I
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Dust, extinction
  • ISM: Abundances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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