An unbiased spectral line survey toward R CrA irs7b in the 345 Ghz window with aste

Yoshimasa Watanabe, Nami Sakai, Johan E. Lindberg, Jes K. Jørgensen, Suzanne E. Bisschop, Satoshi Yamamoto

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We have conducted a spectral line survey in the 332-364GHz region with the Atacama Submillimeter Telescope Experiment 10 m telescope toward R CrA IRS7B, a low-mass protostar in the Class 0 or Class 0/I transitional stage. We have also performed some supplementary observations in the 450GHz band. In total, 16 molecular species are identified in the 332-364GHz region. Strong emission lines of CN and CCH are observed, whereas complex organic molecules and long carbon-chain molecules, which are characteristics of hot corino and warm carbon-chain chemistry (WCCC) source, respectively, are not detected. The rotation temperature of CH3OH is evaluated to be 31K, which is significantly lower than that reported for the prototypical hot corino IRAS 16293-2422 (85K). The deuterium fractionation ratios for CCH and H2CO are obtained to be 0.038 and 0.050, respectively, which are much lower than those in the hot corino. These results suggest a weak hot corino activity in R CrA IRS7B. On the other hand, the carbon-chain related molecules, CCH and c-C3H2, are found to be abundant. However, this source cannot be classified as a WCCC source, since long carbon-chain molecules are not detected. If WCCC and hot corino chemistry represent the two extremes in chemical compositions of low-mass Class 0 sources, R CrA IRS7B would be a source with a mixture of these two chemical characteristics. The UV radiation from the nearby Herbig Ae star R CrA may also affect the chemical composition. The present line survey demonstrates further chemical diversity in low-mass star-forming regions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes


  • ISM: individual objects (R CrA IRS7B)
  • ISM: molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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