The variation of magnesium depletion with line-of-sight conditions

Adam G. Jensen, Theodore P. Snow

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In this paper we report on the gas-phase abundance of singly ionized magnesium (Mg II) in 44 lines of sight, using data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). We measure Mg II column densities by analyzing medium- and high-resolution archival Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) spectra of the 1240 Å doublet of Mg II. We find that Mg II depletion is correlated with many line-of-sight parameters [e.g., f(H2), EB-V, EB-V/r, AV, and AV/r] in addition to the well-known correlation with 〈nH〉. These parameters should be more directly related to dust content and thus have more physical significance with regard to the depletion of elements such as magnesium. We examine the significance of these additional correlations as compared to the known correlation between Mg II depletion and 〈nH〉. While none of the correlations are better predictors of Mg II depletion than 〈nH〉, some are statistically significant even assuming fixed 〈nH〉. We discuss the ranges over which these correlations are valid, their strength at fixed 〈nH〉, and physical interpretations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-411
Number of pages11
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • ISM: abundances
  • Ultraviolet: ISM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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