Yuri Nishimura, Takashi Shimonishi, Yoshimasa Watanabe, Nami Sakai, Yuri Aikawa, Akiko Kawamura, Satoshi Yamamoto

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We have conducted a spectral line survey observation in the 3 mm band toward the low-metallicity dwarf galaxy IC10 with the 45 m radio telescope of the Nobeyama Radio Observatory to explore its chemical composition at a molecular-cloud scale (∼80 pc). The CS, SO, CCH, HCN, HCO+, and HNC lines are detected for the first time in this galaxy in addition to the CO and 13CO lines, while the c-C3H2, CH3OH, CN, C18O, and N2H+ lines are not detected. The spectral intensity pattern is found to be similar to those observed toward molecular clouds in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), whose metallicity is as low as IC10. Nitrogen-bearing species are deficient in comparison with the Galactic molecular clouds due to a lower elemental abundance of nitrogen. CCH is abundant in comparison with Galactic translucent clouds, whereas CH3OH may be deficient. These characteristic trends for CCH and CH3OH are also seen in the LMC, and seem to originate from photodissociation regions more extended in the peripheries of molecular clouds due to the lower metallicity condition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number94
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • ISM: molecules
  • galaxies: ISM
  • galaxies: individual (IC10)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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