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2007

Erika Gibb

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Depleted Carbon Monoxide In Fragment C Of The Jupiter-Family Comet 73p/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, M. A. Disanti, W. M. Anderson, G. L. Villanueva, B. P. Bonev, K. Magee-Sauer, E. L. Gibb, M. J. Mumma May 2007

Depleted Carbon Monoxide In Fragment C Of The Jupiter-Family Comet 73p/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, M. A. Disanti, W. M. Anderson, G. L. Villanueva, B. P. Bonev, K. Magee-Sauer, E. L. Gibb, M. J. Mumma

Erika Gibb

Carbon monoxide emission was targeted in fragment C of the recently split Jupiter-family comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 during its 2006 apparition, using the Cryogenic Echelle Spectrograph (CSHELL) at the NASA IRTF on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Simultaneous sounding with H2O near 4.65 μm revealed highly depleted CO, consistent with a mixing ratio of 0.5% ± 0.13%. Along with depleted CH3OH but nearly normal HCN, this may indicate that this comet formed in the inner giant planets' region or, alternatively, that it formed relatively late, after significant clearing of the protosolar nebula.


Warm Hcn, C2h2, And Co In The Disk Of Gv Tau, Erika Gibb, K. A. Van Brunt, S. D. Brittain, T W. Rettig May 2007

Warm Hcn, C2h2, And Co In The Disk Of Gv Tau, Erika Gibb, K. A. Van Brunt, S. D. Brittain, T W. Rettig

Erika Gibb

We present the first high-resolution, ground-based observations of HCN and C2H2 toward the T Tauri binary star system GV Tau. We detected strong absorption due to HCN ν3 and weak C2H2 [ν3 and ν2 + (ν4 + ν5)img1.gif] absorption toward the primary (GV Tau S) but not the infrared companion. We also report CO column densities and rotational temperatures, and present abundances relative to CO of HCN/CO ~ 0.6% and C2H/CO ~ 1.2% and an upper limit for CH4/CO < 0.37% toward GV Tau S. Neither HCN nor C2H2 were detected toward the infrared companion, and results ...


The Abundance Of Carbon Dioxide Ice In The Quiescent Intracloud Medium, D. C. B. Whittet, S. S. Shenoy, E. A. Bergin, J. E. Chiar, P. A. Gerakines, E. L. Gibb, G. J. Melnick, D. A. Neufeld Jan 2007

The Abundance Of Carbon Dioxide Ice In The Quiescent Intracloud Medium, D. C. B. Whittet, S. S. Shenoy, E. A. Bergin, J. E. Chiar, P. A. Gerakines, E. L. Gibb, G. J. Melnick, D. A. Neufeld

Erika Gibb

We present new observations with the Infrared Spectrograph on board the Spitzer Space Telescope of the solid-CO2 absorption feature near 15 μm in the spectra of eight field stars behind the Taurus complex of dark clouds. Solid CO2 is detected in six lines of sight. New results are combined with previous data to investigate the correlation of CO2 column density with those of other major ice constituents (H2O and CO) and with extinction. CO2 is shown to display a "threshold extinction" effect, i.e., a minimum extinction (A0 = 4.3 ± 1.0 mag) required for detection, behavior similar to that ...