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Journal Articles Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Year : 2017

Effects of dust absorption on spectroscopic studies of turbulence


We study the effect of dust absorption on the recovery velocity and density spectra as well as on the anisotropies of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence using the velocity channel analysis (VCA), velocity coordinate spectrum (VCS) and velocity centroids. The dust limits volume up to an optical depth of unity. We show that in the case of the emissivity proportional to the density of emitters, the effects of random density get suppressed for strong dust absorption intensity variations arise from the velocity fluctuations only. However, for the emissivity proportional to squared density, both density and velocity fluctuations affect the observed intensities. We predict a new asymptotic regime for the spectrum of fluctuations for large scales exceeding the physical depths to unit optical depth. The spectrum gets shallower by unity in this regime. In addition, the dust absorption removes the degeneracy resulted in the universal K-3 spectrum of intensity fluctuations of self-absorbing medium reported by Lazarian & Pogosyan. We show that the predicted result is consistent with the available H II region emission data. We find that for sub-Alfvénic and trans-Alfvénic turbulence one can get the information about both the magnetic field direction and the fundamental Alfvén, fast and slow modes that constitute MHD turbulence.
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insu-03747440 , version 1 (08-08-2022)



D. Kandel, A. Lazarian, D. Pogosyan. Effects of dust absorption on spectroscopic studies of turbulence. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2017, 470, pp.3103-3123. ⟨10.1093/mnras/stx1358⟩. ⟨insu-03747440⟩
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