The relationship between DIBs and dust is still unknown. The correlation between reddening and DIB strength means that the DIBs are mixed in with the dust and gas in interstellar clouds. The DIBs are relatively stronger in the diffuse interstellar medium than in dense clouds. There is only a weak correlation between the DIBs and the UV extinction parameters including the 2175 Å bump strength and the far-UV rise. In addition, the bump dust grains are sometimes polarized, while the DIBs are not. However, observations of DIBs in the SMC show that when the 2175 Å bump is weak or missing so are the DIBs. Two of the four sightlines that deviate strongly from the CCM UV extinction in the Galaxy show weak DIBs. Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2014.
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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Clayton, G. (2014). DIBs, interstellar dust, and extinction. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 9 (S297), 147-152. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921313015780