Research in Astron. and astroph., 18, 19-19 (2018/February-0)
CSO CO (2-1) and Spitzer IRAC observations of a bipolar outflow in high-mass star-forming region IRAS 22506+5944.
XIE Z.-Q. and QIU K.-P.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present Caltech Submillimeter Observatory CO (2-1) and Spitzer IRAC observations toward IRAS 22506+5944, which is a 104L☉ massive star-forming region. The CO (2-1) maps show an east-west bipolar molecular outflow originating from the 3 mm dust continuum peak. The Spitzer IRAC color-composite image reveals a pair of bow-shaped tips which are prominent in excess 4.5 µm emission and are located at the leading fronts of the bipolar outflow, providing compelling evidence for the existence of bow-shocks as the driving agents of the molecular outflow. By comparing our CO (2-1) observations with previously published CO (1-0) data, we find that the CO (2-1)/(1-0) line ratio increases from low (∼5 km s–1) to moderate (∼8-12 km s–1) velocities, and then decreases at higher velocities. This is qualitatively consistent with the scenario that the molecular outflow is driven by multiple bow-shocks. We also revisit the position-velocity diagram of the CO (1-0) data, and find two spur structures along the outflow axis, which are further evidence for the presence of multiple jet bow-shocks. Finally, power-law fittings to the mass spectrum of the outflow gives power law indexes more consistent with the jet bow-shock model than the wide-angle wind model.