Observations of free-free and anomalous microwave emission from LDN 1622 with the 100 m Green Bank Telescope

S E Harper, C Dickinson, K Cleary

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    LDN 1622 has previously been identified as a possible strong source of dust-correlated anomalous microwave emission (AME). Previous observations were limited by resolution meaning that the radio emission could not be compared with current generation high-resolution infrared data from Herschel, Spitzer or Wide-field Infrared Sky Explorer. This paper presents arcminute resolution mapping observations of LDN 1622 at 4.85 and 13.7 GHz using the 100 m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. The 4.85 GHz map reveals a corona of free-free emission enclosing LDN 1622 that traces the photodissociation region of the cloud. The brightest peaks of the 4.85 GHz map are found to be within ≈10 per cent agreement with the expected free-free predicted by Southern H-Alpha Sky Survey Atlas H α data of LDN 1622. At 13.7 GHz, the AME flux density was found to be 7.0 ± 1.4 mJy and evidence is presented for a rising spectrum between 13.7 and 31 GHz. The spinning dust model of AME is found to naturally account for the flux seen at 13.7 GHz. Correlations between the diffuse 13.7 GHz emission and the diffuse mid-infrared emission are used to further demonstrate that the emission originating from LDN 1622 at 13.7 GHz is described by the spinning dust model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3375-3385
    Number of pages11
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • radiation mechanisms: general
    • dust
    • extinction
    • diffuse radiation
    • ISM: individual objects: LDN 1622
    • photodissociation region (PDR)
    • radio continuum: ISM


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