Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 450, 607-616 (2006/5-1)
Ammonia cores in high mass star formation regions.
WU Y., ZHANG Q., YU W., MILLER M., MAO R., SUN K. and WANG Y.
Abstract (from CDS):
We observed a sample of 35 water masers not coincident with known HII regions and/or low mass young stellar objects (YSOs) with the Effelsberg 100m telescope in the NH3 (J,K)=(1,1), (2,2), (3,3) and (4,4) transitions. Sixteen sources were detected in the NH3 emission. The detection rate is 46%. All these sixteen sources have NH3 (1,1) and (2,2) emission, among which four sources have NH3 (3,3) emission. Comparing with the IRAS and the 2MASS data, we analyzed the relationship between the detection rate and the infrared color, the dust temperature and the source distance. All the detected sources were mapped and 17 cores were obtained (one source IRAS 20215+3725 has two cores). From the detected sources five cores do not coincide with radio continuum or IRAS and MSX point sources. Excluding one core that has no MSX data available, the remaining eleven cores are coincident with IRAS or MSX point sources. The typical size and mass of the cores are 1.6pc and 1.5x103M☉, respectively. The average line widths of the NH3(1,1) and (2,2) are 1.54 and 1.73km/s. The average kinetic temperature of the gas is about 19K. These values are much larger than those of low mass cores. The NH3 cores that coincide with IRAS sources (referred to as Group I) have slightly larger line widths (1.65 and 1.75km/s for the (1,1) and (2,2) lines, respectively) and larger masses (1.8x103M☉) than the mean values of the sample. For this type of core the kinetic temperature correlates with the line width. The line width appears to correlate with the bolometric luminosity and the core size. Despite the average luminosity of 2.9x104L☉, there is no detectable 6 cm emission. These are candidates for high mass protostars or precursors of UC HII regions. The NH3 cores with peaks offset from infrared sources (referred to as Group II) have an average size of 1.7pc and an average line width of 1.50km/s for the (1,1) line. The line width of the (1,1) emission is smaller than that of the group I. The average mass is 9.4x102M☉. One possible explanation for the deviation is that the NH3 peak and the infrared source correspond to different clumps. These cores are potential high mass star formation sites and may be at an earlier evolutionary stage than those with IRAS point sources. This type of core is seen in mapping observations, and can be easily missed by single-spectrum observations toward the IRAS position.
masers - ISM: clouds - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - stars: formation
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