Query : 2011A&A...527L...3L

2011A&A...527L...3L - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 527, L3-3 (2011/3-1)

Shocked water in the Cepheus E protostellar outflow.


Abstract (from CDS):

Previous far-infrared observations at low-angular resolution have reported the presence of water associated with low-velocity outflow shocks and protostellar envelopes. We want to elucidate the origin of water emission in protostellar systems.The outflow driven by the intermediate-mass class 0 protostar CepE is among the most luminous outflows detected so far. Using the IRAM 30m telescope, we searched for and detected the p-H2O 313-220 line emission at 183GHz in the CepE star-forming core. The emission arises from high-velocity gas close to the protostar, which is unresolved in the main beam of the telescope. Complementary observations at 2" resolution with the Plateau de Bure interferometer helped establish the origin of the emission detected and the physical conditions in the emitting gas. The water line profile and its spatial distribution are very similar to those of SiO. We find that the H2O emission arises from warm (∼200K), dense ((1-2)x106cm–3) gas, and its abundance is enhanced by one to two orders of magnitude with respect to the protostellar envelope.We detect water emission in strong shocks from the high-velocity jet at 1000AU from the protostar. Despite the large beam size of the telescope, such emission should be detectable with Herschel.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - ISM: molecules - ISM: jets and outflows - ISM: individual objects: Cep E

Simbad objects: 5

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2022
1 LDN 1448 DNe 03 22.5 +30 35           ~ 498 0
2 NAME HH 7-11 FIR 03 29 03.9 +31 16 06           ~ 344 0
3 HH 77 Em* 15 00 49.0 -63 07 46           ~ 21 1
4 HH 377 HH 23 03 +61.7           ~ 21 2
5 NAME Cep E HII 23 03 12.779 +61 42 25.75           ~ 164 0

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