Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 478, 2119-2131 (2018/August-1)
The straight and isolated G350.54+0.69 filament: density profile and star formation content.
LIU H.-L., STUTZ A. and YUAN J.-H.
Abstract (from CDS):
We investigate the global properties of the straight and isolated filamentary cloud G350.54+0.69 using the Herschelcontinuum and APEX molecular line data. The overall straight morphology is similar to that of two other well-studied nearby filaments (Musca and Taurus-B211/3), while the isolated nature of G350.54+0.69 appears similar to that of Musca. G350.54+0.69 is composed of two distinct filaments, with a length ∼5.9 pc for G350.5-N (∼2.3 pc for G350.5-S), a total mass of ∼810 M☉(∼110 M☉), and a mean temperature of ∼18.2 K (∼17.7 K). We identify nine dense and gravitationally bound cores in the whole cloud G350.54+0.69. The separations between cores and the line mass of the whole cloud appear to follow the predictions of the 'sausage' instability theory, which suggests that G350.54+0.69 could have undergone radial collapse and fragmentation. The presence of young protostars is consistent with this hypothesis. The line masses of the two filaments (∼120 M☉ pc–1 for G350.5-N and ∼45 M☉ pc–1 for G350.5-S), the mass-size distributions of the dense cores, and the low-mass protostars collectively suggest that G350.54+0.69 is a site of ongoing low-mass star formation. Based on the above evidence, we place G350.54+0.69 in an intermediate evolutionary stage between Musca and Taurus-B211/3. We suggest that investigations into straight (and isolated) versus those distributed inside molecular clouds may provide important clues into filament formation and evolution.
© 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
stars: formation - ISM: clouds - ISM: individual objects: G350.5 - ISM: molecules - ISM: structure - infrared: ISM
[LSY2018] G350.54+00.69 N=1. Fig. 1: [LSY2018] G350.5-W (Nos G350.5-S, G350.5-N). Fig. 4, Table 1: [LSY2018] CN (Nos C1-C9). Fig. 6, Table 3: [LSY2018] YN (Nos Y1-Y6).
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