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Variations between Dust and Gas in the Diffuse Interstellar Medium. II. Search for Cold Gas

Abstract : The content of interstellar clouds, in particular the inventory of diffuse molecular gas, remains uncertain. We identified a sample of isolated clouds, approximately 100 M in size, and used the dust content to estimate the total amount of gas. In Paper I, the total inferred gas content was found significantly larger than that seen in 21 cm emission measurements of H I. In this paper we test the hypothesis that the apparent excess “dark” gas is cold H I, which would be evident in absorption but not in emission due to line saturation. The results show that there is not enough 21 cm absorption toward the clouds to explain the total amount of “dark” gas.
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William T. Reach, Carl Heiles, Jean-Philippe Bernard. Variations between Dust and Gas in the Diffuse Interstellar Medium. II. Search for Cold Gas. The Astrophysical Journal, 2017, 834, ⟨10.3847/1538-4357/834/1/63⟩. ⟨insu-03677096⟩

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