2019A&A...628A..21W


Query : 2019A&A...628A..21W

2019A&A...628A..21W - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 628A, 21-21 (2019/8-1)

Feedback from OB stars on their parent cloud: gas exhaustion rather than gas ejection.

WATKINS E.J., PERETTO N., MARSH K. and FULLER G.A.

Abstract (from CDS):


Context. Stellar feedback from high-mass stars shapes the interstellar medium, and thereby impacts gas that will form future generations of stars. However, due to our inability to track the time evolution of individual molecular clouds, quantifying the exact role of stellar feedback on their star formation history is an observationally challenging task.
Aims. In the present study, we take advantage of the unique properties of the G316.75-00.00 massive-star forming ridge to determine how stellar feedback from O-stars impacts the dynamical stability of massive filaments. The G316.75 ridge is 13.6pc long and contains 18900M of H2 gas, half of which is infrared dark and half of which infrared bright. The infrared bright part has already formed four O-type stars over the past 2 Myr, while the infrared dark part is still quiescent. Therefore, by assuming the star forming properties of the infrared dark part represent the earlier evolutionary stage of the infrared bright part, we can quantify how feedback impacts these properties by contrasting the two.
Methods. We used publicly available Herschel/HiGAL and molecular line data to measure the ratio of kinetic to gravitational energy per-unit-length, αvirline, across the entire ridge. By using both dense (i.e. N2H+ and NH3) and more diffuse (i.e. 13CO) gas tracers, we were able to compute αvirline for a range of gas volume densities (∼1x102-1x105cm–3). Results. This study shows that despite the presence of four embedded O-stars, the ridge remains gravitationally bound (i.e. αvirline≤2) nearly everywhere, except for some small gas pockets near the high-mass stars. In fact, αvirline is almost indistinguishable for both parts of the ridge. These results are at odds with most hydrodynamical simulations in which O-star-forming clouds are completely dispersed by stellar feedback within a few cloud free-fall times. However, from simple theoretical calculations, we show that such feedback inefficiency is expected in the case of high-gas-density filamentary clouds.Conclusions. We conclude that the discrepancy between numerical simulations and the observations presented here originates from different cloud morphologies and average densities at the time when the first O-stars form. In the case of G316.75, we speculate that the ridge could arise from the aftermath of a cloud-cloud collision, and that such filamentary configuration promotes the inefficiency of stellar feedback. This does very little to the dense gas already present, but potentially prevents further gas accretion onto the ridge. These results have important implications regarding, for instance, how stellar feedback is implemented in cosmological and galaxy scale simulations.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO 2019

Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - stars: massive - infrared: ISM - methods: observational - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - HII regions

Nomenclature: Fig. 3, Table 2: [WPM2019] NN (Nos 1-12).

Simbad objects: 17

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Number of rows : 17
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
#notes
1 [WPM2019] 12 MoC 14 44 17.76 -59 43 43.5           ~ 1 0
2 [WPM2019] 11 MoC 14 44 19.76 -59 44 16.1           ~ 1 0
3 [WPM2019] 10 MoC 14 44 26.60 -59 45 24.8           ~ 1 0
4 [WPM2019] 9 MoC 14 44 35.81 -59 45 32.1           ~ 1 0
5 [WPM2019] 8 MoC 14 44 40.27 -59 46 16.0           ~ 1 0
6 [WPM2019] 6 MoC 14 44 54.77 -59 48 17.2           ~ 1 0
7 [WPM2019] 7 MoC 14 44 56.98 -59 47 56.1           ~ 1 0
8 [WPM2019] 5 MoC 14 45 01.11 -59 48 34.5           ~ 1 0
9 [WPM2019] 4 MoC 14 45 12.80 -59 48 53.0           ~ 1 0
10 SDC G316.786-0.044 DNe 14 45 13.02 -59 49 11.4           ~ 6 0
11 [CPA2006] S111 bub 14 45 13.2 -59 51 13           ~ 5 0
12 [CPA2006] S110 bub 14 45 19.8 -59 47 55           ~ 7 0
13 [WPM2019] 3 MoC 14 45 21.22 -59 49 29.5           ~ 1 0
14 [WPM2019] 2 MoC 14 45 26.60 -59 49 17.1           ~ 1 0
15 IRAS 14416-5937 HII 14 45 28.6 -59 49 59           ~ 23 1
16 [WPM2019] 1 MoC 14 45 29.48 -59 49 06.9           ~ 1 0
17 [CPA2006] S109 bub 14 45 38.3 -59 51 27           ~ 4 0

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