The C/CO ratio in B335 and the decaying dark matter neutrino hypothesis

Murphy, B.T. and Little, L.T. and Kelly, M.L. (1998) The C/CO ratio in B335 and the decaying dark matter neutrino hypothesis. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 294 (4). pp. 635-641. ISSN 0035-8711. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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(CO)-O-18 J = 2-1, (CO)-O-17 J = 2-1 and [C I] P-3(1)-P-3(0) emission from the dense cold cloud B335 has been observed and modelled in order to determine the C/CO ratio. The observed ratio is compared with a prediction by Tarafdar who assumes a mechanism in which the CO dissociation is caused by photons of energy similar to 13.8 eV. These were postulated by Sciama to result from the decay of dark matter neutrinos. Our value for the C/CO ratio sets an upper limit to the strength of the neutrino decay dissociation process, thus providing a significant datum for interstellar chemistry theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: elementary particles; ISM, abundances; ISM, individual, B335; ISM, molecules; dark matter
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 08:15
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2011 08:15
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