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The Extinction Properties of Heavily-Reddened Lines of Sight in the GalaxyRecent studies of the 3.4 micron C-H stretch absorption feature indicate a strong correlation between it and the 10 micron silicate band over a wide range of extinctions (A(sub v) = 3.9-31 magnitudes), but the relationships between their optical depths and the visual extinction are particularly poorly constrained at intermediate extinctions between 15 and 20 magnitudes. The objective prism survey published by Stephenson may help to alleviate this difficulty. It lists more than 400 extremely red stars lacking molecular absorption bands, suggesting that these are hot blue stars reddened by long path lengths of the Galactic ISM. The intrinsic properties of these stars are unfortunately only loosely constrained, and JHK photometry therefore does not accurately determine the interstellar extinction. Using the POSS I plates, we have attempted to produce self-consistent spectral types, luminosity classes and extinctions for the stars which Stephenson claims to be most heavily reddened. 14 out of 25 sources studied are consistent with OB supergiants. The results are highly sensitive to upper limits in the blue plate, and are not always consistent with Stephenson's claims of much higher reddening than that of a typical member of the Cygnus OB2 association. For the most heavily-reddened sources studied, a B-magnitude based on the faintest measurable value on the blue plate yielded a lower limit of about 9 magnitudes on the extinction.
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Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
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Conference Paper
Rawlings, M. G.
(University of Central Lancashire, Preston Lancashire, United Kingdom)
Adamson, A. J.
(University of Central Lancashire, Preston Lancashire, United Kingdom)
Whittet, D. C. B.
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. Troy, NY United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1996
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Publication: From Stardust to Planetesimals: Contributed Papers
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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