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2006ApJ...653.1369F - Astrophys. J., 653, 1369-1390 (2006/December-3)

The initial conditions for gravitational collapse of a core: an extremely young low-mass class 0 protostar GF 9-2.


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We present a study of the natal core harboring the low-mass Class 0 protostar GF 9-2 in the filamentary dark cloud GF 9 using the Nobeyama 45 m and CSO 10.4 m telescopes and the OVRO millimeter array. GF 9-2 is unique in the sense that it shows H2O masers, a clear signpost of protostar formation, but does not have a high-velocity large-scale outflow. These facts indicate that the GF 9-2 core is early enough after star formation that it still retains some information of initial conditions for collapse. Our 350 µm dust continuum image identified a protostellar envelope with an extent of ≃5400 AU in the center of the molecular core ≃0.08 pc in size. The envelope mass is estimated to be ≃0.6 Mfrom the 350 µm flux density, while the LTE mass of the core is ≃3 Mfrom molecular lines. We found that the core has a radial density profile of ρ(r)∝r–2 for the 0.003≲r/pc≲0.08 region and that the velocity width of the core gas increases inward, while the outermost region maintains a velocity dispersion of a few times the ambient sound speed. If we interpret the broadened velocity width as infall, the core collapse can be well described by an extension of the Larson-Penston solution for the period after formation of a central star. We derived the mass accretion rate of ≃3x10–5 M/yr from infall velocity of ≃0.3 km/s at r≃7000 AU. Furthermore, we found evidence that a protobinary is being formed at the core center. All of the results suggest that the GF 9-2 core has been undergoing gravitational collapse for ≲5000 yr since the protostar formation and that the unstable state initiated the collapse ≃2x105 yr (the free-fall time) ago.

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Journal keyword(s): ISM: Clouds - ISM: Evolution - ISM: individual (GF 9-2) - ISM: individual (L1082) - ISM: Molecules - Stars: Formation - Stars: Pre-Main-Sequence

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