Astronomy and Astrophysics
The advent of high-resolution spectrographs and detailed stellar atmosphere modelling has strengthened the need for accurate molecular data. Carbon-enhanced metal-poor (CEMP) stars spectra are interesting objects with which to study transitions from the CH molecule. We combine programs for spectral analysis of molecules and stellar-radiative transfer codes to build an extensive CH linelist, including predissociation broadening as well as newly identified levels. We show examples of strong predissociation CH lines in CEMP stars, and we stress the important role played by the CH features in the Bond-Neff feature depressing the spectra of barium stars by as much as 0.2 mag in the λ = 3000-5500 Å range. Because of the extreme thermodynamic conditions prevailing in stellar atmospheres (compared to the laboratory), molecular transitions with high energy levels can be observed. Stellar spectra can thus be used to constrain and improve molecular data. © 2014 ESO.
Original Publication Citation
Masseron, T., Plez, B., Van Eck, S., Colin, R., Daoutidis, I., Godefroid, M., . . . Christlieb, N. (2014). CH in stellar atmospheres: An extensive linelist. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 571, A47. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201423956
Masseron, T.; Plez, B.; Eck, S. Van; Colin, R.; Daoutidis, I.; Godefroid, M.; Coheur, P.-F.; Bernath, P.; Jorissen, A.; and Christleib, N., "CH in Stellar Atmospheres: An Extensive Linelist" (2014). Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 74.