High-Resolution Spectroscopy of the A-X and B-X System of CH in Comet Austin (1990 V)





We analyzed the A-X(0-0) band of CH, which appears in high-resolution spectra of comet Austin (1990 V), in order to understand fluorescence and collisional processes that influence the rotational structure of the A-X(00) band. Some of the weak lines of the A-X (0-0) band are clearly resolved, which have not been previously resolved with relatively low-resolution spectroscopy. We unambiguously confirmed the B-X (0-0) band lines around 3890 Å, which had been suspected previously, but it had not been clearly identified because of strong adjacent CN and C<SUB>3</SUB> bands. In order to analyze the cometary spectra we have conducted two different fluorescence calculations: a single-cycle fluorescence and fluorescent equilibrium. The fluorescent equilibrium model includes infrared and ultraviolet fluorescence processes as well as electron and neutral collisional effects, and therefore the model is a function of cometocentic distance. We found that single-cycle fluorescence models with a Boltzmann distribution in the X state fit the observed spectra better than the fluorescent equilibrium models. However, single-cycle fluorescence models with two different temperatures (130 K for F1 state and 250 K for F2 state) in the X state fit the Austin spectra significantly better than the single-cycle fluorescence model with the same temperature (150 K) for F1 and F2 states. This suggests that we are observing two different Boltzmann distributions of nascent, short-life CH radicals right after they were produced by photodissociations of parent molecules. We presented g-factors of the A-X (0-0) and B-X (0-0) bands as a function of heliocentric velocity based on single-cycle fluorescence models with a 150 K distribution in the X state. We have calculated the expected intensity of the fundamental band (<I>v</I>' = 1 → 0) of CH and discussed the detectability of this band near 2730 cm<SUP>-1</SUP>. We also discussed possible parent molecules of CH and long lifetimes of the parent molecules, which may explain extensive emissions of CH up to 10<SUP>5</SUP>km from the nucleus despite its short lifetime.


  • Journal of geomagnetism and geoelectricity

    Journal of geomagnetism and geoelectricity 49(10), 1165-1177, 1997-10

    Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences

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