AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 59 Galactic Center
Poster, Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 10:00am-7:00pm, Ballroom

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[59.06] AST/RO survey of the Galactic Center region: Clumps 1 & 2 in CO(7-6), CO(4-3) and [CI]

C.L. Martin (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), Antarctic Sub-millimeter Telescope / Remote Observatory (AST/RO) Team

Clumps 1 & 2 are giant molecular clouds of unusually large line-width associated with the bar of the Milky Way and are located just a few degrees away from the Galactic Center. We present fully-sampled maps in CO(7-6), CO(4-3) and [CI](3P1-3P0) with a velocity resolution of 0.6 km/s, a spatial resolution of 1--2', and an area of one square degree, requiring over 10,000 spectra in each transition. These maps are the only data of their kind, showing mid-J CO and atomic carbon transitions for these unusual clouds. The data shows the tidally shocked nature of the gas as it interacts with the bar-shaped gravitational potential of the Milky Way.

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