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Volume 419, Number 2, May IV 2004
Page(s) 599 - 605
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20035821

A&A 419, 599-605 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20035821

Collapse and expansion in the bright-rimmed cloud SFO 11NE

M. A. Thompson and G. J. White

Centre for Astrophysics & Planetary Science, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NR, UK

(Received 8 December 2003 / Accepted 19 February 2004


We report the results of a search for the double-peaked blue-skewed infall signature in the bright-rimmed cloud core SFO 11NE SMM1. Observations of the optically thick HCO + and optically thin H 13CO + J=3-2 lines reveal that there is indeed a characteristic double-peaked line profile, but skewed to the red rather than the blue. Modelling of the dust continuum emission and line profiles show that the motions within SFO 11NE SMM1 are consistent with a collapsing central core surrounded by an expanding outer envelope. We show that the collapse is occurring at a similar rate to that expected onto a single solar-mass protostar and is unlikely to represent the large-scale collapse of gas onto the infrared cluster seen at the heart of SFO 11NE SMM1. The outer envelope is expanding at a much greater rate than that expected for a photoevaporated flow from the cloud surface. The modelled expansion is consistent with the bulk cloud re-expansion phase predicted by radiative-driven implosion models of cometary clouds.

Key words: stars: formation -- ISM: individual object: SFO 11NE -- ISM: clouds -- ISM: dust, extinction -- ISM: molecules -- submillimeter

Offprint request: M. A. Thompson, m.a.thompson@kent.ac.uk

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