Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, July 15-20, 2013

Poster 1B007

The Effect of Molecular Contamination on the Emissivity Spectral Index in Orion A

Coudé, Simon (Université de Montréal)
Bastien, Pierre (Université de Montréal)
Drabek, Emily (University of Exeter)
Johnstone, Doug (University of Victoria)
Hatchell, Jennifer (University of Exeter)

The emissivity spectral index is a critical component in the study of the physical properties of dust grains in cold and optically thin interstellar star forming regions. Since submillimeter astronomy is an ideal tool to measure the thermal emission of those dust grains, it can be used to characterize this important parameter. We present the SCUBA-2 shared risks observations at 450 μm and 850 μm of the Orion A molecular cloud obtained at the James-Clerk-Maxwell telescope. Previous studies showed that molecular emission lines can also contribute significantly to the measured fluxes in those continuum bands. We use HARP 12CO 3-2 maps to evaluate the total molecular line contamination in the SCUBA-2 maps and its effect on the determination of the spectral index in highly contaminated areas. With the corrected fluxes, we have obtained new spectral index maps for different regions of the well-known integral-shaped filament. This work is part of an ongoing effort to characterize the properties of star forming regions in the Gould belt with the new instruments available at the JCMT.

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