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19th of June 2015
First Detection of HCO+ Absorption in the Magellanic System
by James Allison (CASS)
Murray et al. (2015) present the first detection of HCO+ absorption in the Magellanic System from observations with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). While the origin and survival of molecules in such a diffuse environment remains unclear, dynamical events such as HI flows and cloud collisions in this interacting system likely play an important role.

Reference: Murray, Stanimirovic, McClure-Griffiths, Putman, Liszt, Wong, Richter, Dawson, Dickey, Lindner, Babler, and Allison 2015, ApJ, in press

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