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Astron. Astrophys. 338, L5-L8 (1998)

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5. Concluding remarks

Our investigation of the ORFEUS far UV spectrum shows for the first time well resolved absorption profiles due to H2 in LMC gas. The derived column densities and excitation temperatures toward LH 10:3120 demonstrate that UV pumping also takes place in LMC gas. The detected H2 has a column density and an excitation state similar to that of Milky Way gas, even though the line of sight runs through an energetic environment. In closing we note that H2 has also been detected in absorption by ORFEUS in the SMC (Richter et al. 1998).

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Online publication: September 8, 1998
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