Query : 2005A&A...434.1039C

2005A&A...434.1039C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 434, 1039-1054 (2005/5-2)

A study of the Keplerian accretion disk and precessing outflow in the massive protostar IRAS 20126+4104.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report on interferometric observations at 3.2 and 1.3mm of the massive young stellar object IRAS 20126+4104 obtained in the C34S and CH3OH lines and in the continuum emission. The C34S data confirm the existence of a Keplerian disk, as already suggested by various authors. However, the mass of the central object is ∼7M, significantly less than previous estimates. We believe that such a discrepancy is due to the fact that the rotation curve is affected not only by the star but also by the mass in the innermost regions of the disk itself: this leads to an overestimate of the stellar mass when low-density tracers are used to study the velocity field over regions larger than a few seconds of arc (i.e. a few 0.01 pc). On the basis of the line profiles we speculate that accretion onto the star might be still occurring through the disk. This seems consistent with current models of high-mass star formation which predict an accretion luminosity equal to that of IRAS 20126+4104 for a 7M protostar. The CH3OH lines trace both the disk and the bipolar outflow previously detected in other molecules such as HCO+, SiO, and H2. New H2 images obtained at 2.2µm confirm that the outflow axis is undergoing precession. We elaborate a simple model that suitably fits the data thus allowing derivation of a few basic parameters of the precession.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - ISM: jets and outflows - ISM: individual objects: IRAS 20126+4104

Simbad objects: 4

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 3C 273 BLL 12 29 06.6998257176 +02 03 08.597629980   13.05 14.830 14.11   ~ 5713 1
2 3C 345 QSO 16 42 58.80997043 +39 48 36.9939552   16.81 16.59 16.84   ~ 1678 2
3 IRAS 20126+4104 Y*O 20 14 25.8816769656 +41 13 36.879427236           B2.5-B0.5 431 0
4 QSO J2015+371 BLL 20 15 28.72978661 +37 10 59.5147372     21.82 21.4   ~ 281 2

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