Astrophys. J., 861, 77-77 (2018/July-2)
Dense gas kinematics and a narrow filament in the Orion A OMC1 region using NH3.
MONSCH K., PINEDA J.E., LIU H.B., ZUCKER C., CHEN H.H.-H., PATTLE K., OFFNER S.S.R., DI FRANCESCO J., GINSBURG A., ERCOLANO B., ARCE H.G., FRIESEN R., KIRK H., CASELLI P. and GOODMAN A.A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present combined observations of the NH3 (J, K) = (1, 1) and (2, 2) inversion transitions toward OMC1 in Orion A obtained by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array and the 100 m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. With an angular resolution of 6'' (0.01 pc), these observations reveal with unprecedented detail the complex filamentary structure extending north of the active Orion BN/KL region in a field covering ∼6' x 7'. We find a 0.012 pc wide filament within OMC1, with an aspect ratio of ∼37:1, that was missed in previous studies. Its orientation is directly compared to the relative orientation of the magnetic field from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope BISTRO survey in Orion A. We find a small deviation of ∼11° between the mean orientation of the filament and the magnetic field, suggesting that they are almost parallel to one another. The filament's column density is estimated to be 2-3 orders of magnitude larger than the filaments studied with Herschel and is possibly self-gravitating, given the low values of turbulence found. We further produce maps of the gas kinematics by forward modeling the hyperfine structure of the NH3 (J, K) = (1, 1) and (2, 2) lines. The resulting distribution of velocity dispersions peaks at ∼0.5 km s–1, close to the subsonic regime of the gas. This value is about 0.2 km s–1 smaller than previously measured in single-dish observations of the same region, suggesting that higher angular and spectral resolution observations will identify even lower velocity dispersions that might reach the subsonic turbulence regime in dense gas filaments.
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astrochemistry - ISM: individual objects: OMC1 - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - ISM: magnetic fields - ISM: molecules - radio lines: ISM
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