Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 327, 46-54 (2001/October-2)
H110α recombination-line emission and 4.8-GHz continuum emission in the Carina nebula.
BROOKS K.J., STOREY J.W.V. and WHITEOAK J.B.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present results from observations of H110α recombination-line emission at 4.874GHz and the related 4.8-GHz continuum emission towards the Carina nebula using the Australia Telescope Compact Array. These data provide information on the velocity, morphology and excitation parameters of the ionized gas associated with the two bright Hii regions within the nebula, Car I and Car II. They are consistent with both Car I and Car II being expanding ionization fronts arising from the massive star clusters Trumpler 14 and Trumpler 16, respectively. The overall continuum emission distribution at 4.8GHz is similar to that at lower frequencies. For Car I, two compact sources are revealed that are likely to be young Hii regions associated with triggered star formation. These results provide the first evidence of ongoing star formation in the northern region of the nebula. A close association between Car I and the molecular gas is consistent with a scenario in which Car I is currently carving out a cavity within the northern molecular cloud. The complicated kinematics associated with Car II point to expansion from at least two different centres. All that is left of the molecular cloud in this region are clumps of dense gas and dust which are likely to be responsible for shaping the striking morphology of the Car II components.
The Royal Astronomical Society
stars: formation - Hii regions - ISM: individual: Carina nebula - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - radio lines: ISM