Thomas F Giesen

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Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widely accepted as the carriers of the Aromatic Infrared Bands (AIBs), but an unambiguous identification of any specific interstellar PAH is still missing. For polar PAHs, pure rotational transitions can be used as spectral fingerprints for identification. Combining dedicated experiments, detailed simulations and(More)
We report a detection of the fundamental rotational transition of hydrogen fluoride in absorption towards Orion KL using Herschel/HIFI. After the removal of contaminating features associated with common molecules (“weeds”), the HF spectrum shows a P-Cygni profile, with weak redshifted emission and strong blue-shifted absorption, associated with the(More)
We report the first detection of chloronium, H2Cl, in the interstellar medium, using the HIFI instrument aboard the Herschel Space Observatory. The 212−101 lines of ortho-H35 2 Cl and ortho-H37 2 Cl are detected in absorption towards NGC 6334I, and the 111−000 transition of para-H35 2 Cl is detected in absorption towards NGC 6334I and Sgr B2(S). The H2Cl(More)
Aims. To investigate the accretion and feedback processes in massive star formation, we analyze the shapes of emission lines from hot molecular cores, whose asymmetries trace infall and expansion motions. Methods. The high-mass star forming region SgrB2(M) was observed with Herschel/HIFI (HEXOS key project) in various lines of HCN and its isotopologues,(More)
Laser induced reaction (LIR) of C2H2(+) + H2 in a 22-pole ion trap at 90 K has been employed to detect the v3 C-H stretching vibration and the v5 cis bending vibration of the acetylene parent ion using the wide tunability of the free electron laser FELIX. The vibrational frequency of the bending vibration, omega5, and the corresponding Renner-Teller(More)
We report the detection of more than 48 velocity-resolved ground rotational state transitions of H 16 2 O, H 18 2 O, and H 17 2 O – most for the first time – in both emission and absorption toward Orion KL using Herschel/HIFI. We show that a simple fit, constrained to match the known emission and absorption components along the line of sight, is in(More)
We present initial results from the Herschel GT key program: Herschel observations of EXtra-Ordinary Sources (HEXOS) and outline the promise and potential of spectral surveys with Herschel/HIFI. The HIFI instrument offers unprecedented sensitivity, as well as continuous spectral coverage across the gaps imposed by the atmosphere, opening up a largely(More)
We present Herschel/HIFI observations of the fundamental rotational transitions of orthoand para-H16 2 O and H 18 2 O in absorption towards Sagittarius B2(M) and W31C. The ortho/para ratio in water in the foreground clouds on the line of sight towards these bright continuum sources is generally consistent with the statistical high-temperature ratio of 3,(More)
We report the detection of the ground state N, J = 1, 3/2 → 1, 1/2 doublet of the methylidyne radical CH at ∼532 GHz and ∼536 GHz with the Herschel/HIFI instrument along the sight-line to the massive star-forming regions G10.6–0.4 (W31C), W49N, and W51. While the molecular cores associated with these massive star-forming regions show emission lines, clouds(More)
We report concise measurements of the bending vibration transition (0,11,0) ← (0,00,0) near 63.416529(40) cm−1 of the carbon cluster CCC in the electronic ground state (XΣg ). The ν2 vibration-rotation spectrum consists of P-, Q-, and R-branch transitions. A total of ten ro-vibrational transitions have been measured with the Cologne Sideband Spectrometer(More)