Edwin A. Bergin

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We report the results of spectroscopic mapping observations carried out toward the Herbig-Haro objects HH7–11 and HH54 over the 5.2 − 37 µm region using the Infrared Spectrograph of the Spitzer Space Telescope. These observations have led to the detection and mapping of the S(0) – S(7) pure rotational lines of molecular hydrogen, together with emissions in(More)
We report the results of spectroscopic mapping observations carried out toward small (1 ′ × 1 ′) regions within the supernova remnants W44, W28, IC443, and 3C391 using the Infrared Spectrograph of the Spitzer Space Telescope. These observations, covering the 5.2 − 37 µm spectral region, have led to the detection of a total of 15 fine structure transitions(More)
We present an observational and theoretical study of the ionization fraction in several massive cores located in regions that are currently forming stellar clusters. Maps of the emission from the J = 1 → 0 transitions of C 18 O, DCO + , N 2 H + , and H 13 CO + , as well as the J = 2 → 1 and J = 3 → 2 transitions of CS, were obtained for each core. Core(More)
For decades, the source of Earth's volatiles, especially water with a deuterium-to-hydrogen ratio (D/H) of (1.558 ± 0.001) × 10(-4), has been a subject of debate. The similarity of Earth's bulk composition to that of meteorites known as enstatite chondrites suggests a dry proto-Earth with subsequent delivery of volatiles by local accretion or impacts of(More)
Recent astronomical observations have revealed what may prove to be the ubiquity of water vapor during the early stages of planet formation. We present here a simple mechanism showing how water vapor forms in situ and is capable of shielding itself from molecule-destroying stellar radiation. The absorption of this radiation by water can control the(More)
We show how molecular clouds in the solar neighborhood might be formed and produce stars rapidly enough to explain stellar population ages, building on results from numerical simulations of the turbulent interstellar medium and general considerations of molecular gas formation. Observations of both star-forming regions and young, gas-free stellar(More)
In this review we re-evaluate our observational and theoretical understanding of the chemical evolution of protoplanetary disks. We discuss how improved observational capabilities have enabled the detection of numerous molecules exposing an active disk chemistry that appears to be in disequilibrium. We outline the primary facets of static and dynamical(More)
We report on the initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI carbon monoxide (CO) observations of the Martian atmosphere performed between 11 and 16 April 2010. We selected the (7–6) rotational transitions of the isotopes 13 CO at 771 GHz and C 18 O and 768 GHz in order to retrieve the mean vertical profile of temperature and the mean volume mixing ratio of carbon(More)
Identifying the source of Earth's water is central to understanding the origins of life-fostering environments and to assessing the prevalence of such environments in space. Water throughout the solar system exhibits deuterium-to-hydrogen enrichments, a fossil relic of low-temperature, ion-derived chemistry within either (i) the parent molecular cloud or(More)