AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 57. Supernovae Here and There, Dust Destruction and Star Formation Topics
Oral, Thursday, June 8, 2000, 10:00-11:30am, Highland B/J

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[57.06] Sub-mm CO Measurements of the Orion Molecular Cloud

T.L. Wilson (SMTO, MPIfR, Bonn, Germany), D. Muders (MPIfR), C. Kramer (I.Phys.Inst., Univ. Koeln, Germany), C. Henkel (MPIfR)

Images of a >3' region around the Orion KL source have been made in the J=4-3 (461 GHz) and J=7-6 (806 GHz) lines of CO with angular resolutions of 18'' and 13'', using the 10-meter Heinrich Hertz Telescope (HHT) of the Sub-Millimeter Telescope Observatory (SMTO). This region contains a variety of objects: (1) the Hot Core (a region containing complex molecules) and Orion KL outflow (NE of the center of the 10'' diameter Hot Core, and very likely associated with the continuum source `I' (Menten & Reid 1995 ApJ 445, L157)), (2) another outflow source, Orion-S (~100'' south of the Hot Core (Rodr{i}guez-Franco et al.~1999 A&A 344, L57)), (3) the ionized-neutral interface at the rear of the Orion HII region, and (4) the Orion Bar feature (an ionized-neutral interface to the SW of the HII region). Regions (3) and (4) are examples of `Photon Dominated Regions' or `PDR's'. The sub-mm CO lines are emitted from warm gas; the J=7-6 line is emitted from an energy level 156 Kelvin above the ground state. The excellent pointing and low sidelobes of the HHT allow accurate comparisons with high r! esolution CO images in lower J lines and images of other species. Our J=7-6 CO image was made with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Hot Electron Bolometer (Kawamura et al.~1999 IEEE Trans. on Appl. Superconductivity 9, 3753.

The HHT is operated by the Submillimeter Telescope Observatory on behalf of the Max-Planck-Institut f. Radioastronomie and Steward Observatory of The University of Arizona. We thank the CfA receiver group for providing the Hot Electron Bolometer used to take the J=7-6 CO line data.

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