Astrophys. J., 835, 142-142 (2017/February-1)
Triggered O star formation in M20 via cloud-cloud collision: comparisons between high-resolution CO observations and simulations.
TORII K., HATTORI Y., HASEGAWA K., OHAMA A., HAWORTH T.J., SHIMA K., HABE A., TACHIHARA K., MIZUNO N., ONISHI T., MIZUNO A. and FUKUI Y.
Abstract (from CDS):
Understanding high-mass star formation is one of the top-priority issues in astrophysics. Recent observational studies have revealed that cloud-cloud collisions may play a role in high-mass star formation in several places in the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Trifid Nebula M20 is a well-known Galactic H II region ionized by a single O7.5 star. In 2011, based on the CO observations with NANTEN2, we reported that the O star was formed by the collision between two molecular clouds ∼0.3 Myr ago. Those observations identified two molecular clouds toward M20, traveling at a relative velocity of 7.5 km s–1. This velocity separation implies that the clouds cannot be gravitationally bound to M20, but since the clouds show signs of heating by the stars there they must be spatially coincident with it. A collision is therefore highly possible. In this paper we present the new CO J = 1-0 and J = 3-2 observations of the colliding clouds in M20 performed with the Mopra and ASTE telescopes. The high-resolution observations revealed that the two molecular clouds have peculiar spatial and velocity structures, i.e., a spatially complementary distribution between the two clouds and a bridge feature that connects the two clouds in velocity space. Based on a new comparison with numerical models, we find that this complementary distribution is an expected outcome of cloud-cloud collisions, and that the bridge feature can be interpreted as the turbulent gas excited at the interface of the collision. Our results reinforce the cloud-cloud collision scenario in M20.
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ISM: clouds - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - ISM: molecules - stars: formation - stars: formation
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