EAS Publications Series
Volume 31, 2008Far-Infrared Workshop 2007
|Page(s)||189 - 190|
|Published online||04 October 2008|
C. Kramer, S. Aalto and R. Simon (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 31 (2008) 189-190
Taking the Temperature in Starburst Galaxies – Formaldehyde as a Tracer of Extragalactic Molecular Gas
Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe, Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
2 Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, 50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3H4, Canada
3 Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
We demonstrate the diagnostic value of para-formaldehyde (p-H2CO) as a tracer of the density and the temperature of the molecular gas in external galaxies using the prototypical starburst galaxy M 82 as an example. We also report the discovery of the methanol line CH3OH(42 → 31, E) from M 82.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2008
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