arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies | VOL. 9
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First results from a study of DIBs with thousands of high-quality massive-star spectra

Publication Date May 27, 2013

Abstract

We are using five different surveys to compile the largest sample of diffuse interstellar band (DIB) measurements ever collected. GOSSS is obtaining intermediate-resolution blue-violet spectroscopy of ~2500 OB stars, of which 60% have already been observed and processed. The other four surveys have already collected multi-epoch high-resolution optical spectroscopy of 700 OB stars with different telescopes, including the 9 m Hobby-Eberly Telescope in McDonald Observatory. Some of our stars are highly-extinguished targets for which no good-quality optical spectra have ever been published. For all of the targets in our sample we have obtained accurate spectral types, measured non-DIB ISM lines, and compiled information from the literature to calculate the extinction. Here we present the first results of the project, the properties of twenty DIBs in the 4100-5500 {\AA} range. We clearly detect a couple of previously elusive DIBs at 4170 {\AA} and 4591 {\AA}; the latter could have coronene and ovalene cations as carriers.

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