Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 408, 581-599 (2003/9-3)
Determination of the gas-to-dust ratio in nearby dense clouds using X-ray absorption measurements.
VUONG M.H., MONTMERLE T., GROSSO N., FEIGELSON E.D., VERSTRAETE L. and OZAWA H.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a comparison of the gas and dust properties of the dense interstellar matter in six nearby star-forming regions (d<500pc): ρ Oph, Cha I, R CrA, IC 348, NGC 1333, and Orion. We measure from Chandra and XMM-Newton observations the X-ray absorption toward pre-main sequence stars (PMS) without accretion disks (i.e., Class III sources) to obtain the total hydrogen column density NH,X. For these sources we take from the literature the corresponding dust extinction in the near-infrared, AJ, or when unavailable we derive it from SED fitting using the available DENIS, 2MASS, ISOCAM and other data. We then compare NH,X and AJ for each object, up to unprecedently high extinction. For the ρ Oph dark cloud with a relatively large sample of 20 bona-fide Class III sources, we probe the extinction up to AJ≲14 (AV≲45), and find a best-fit linear relation NH,X/AJ=5.6(±0.4)x1021cm–2mag–1, adopting standard ISM abundances. The other regions reveal a large dispersion in the NH,X/AJ ratio for each source but for lack of adequate IR data these studies remain limited to moderate extinctions (AJ≲1.5 or AV≲5). For ρ Oph, the NH,X/AJ ratio is significantly lower (>2σ) than the galactic value, derived using the standard extinction curve (RV=3.1). This result is consistent with the recent downwards revision of the metallicity of the Sun and stars in the solar vicinity. We find that the ρ Oph dense cloud has the same metallicity than the local ISM when assuming that the galactic gas-to-dust ratio remains unchanged. The difference between galactic and local values of the gas-to-dust ratio can thus be attributed entirely to a difference in metallicity.
X-rays: stars - stars: pre-main sequence - ISM: clouds - ISM: dust, extinction - open clusters and associations: general
B162607 = BKLT J162607-242742, B162730 = BKLT J162730-244726, S1 = NAME OPH S1, H-IfA 48 = IfaHA 48, CHRX NNa = CHXR NNa, GK1 = HBC 582, PNNNNNN = Parenago NNNNNN.
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