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Volume 474, Number 3, November II 2007
Page(s) 883 - 890
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20077197

A&A 474, 883-890 (2007)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20077197

A massive protostellar core with an infalling envelope

S. M. Birkmann1, O. Krause1, M. Hennemann1, Th. Henning1, J. Steinacker1, 2, and D. Lemke1

1  Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA), Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
    e-mail: [birkmann;krause;hennemann;henning;stein;lemke]@mpia.de
2  Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH), Mönchhofstr. 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

(Received 30 January 2007 / Accepted 18 August 2007)

Context.Due to the short timescales involved and observational difficulties, our knowledge of the earliest phases of massive star formation remains incomplete.
Aims.We aim to explore the physical conditions during the initial phases of high-mass star formation and to detect a genuine massive (mass M > 8 $M_\odot$) protostar at an early evolutionary stage.
Methods.We have launched a multi-wavelength study of young and massive star-forming regions that were identified by the ISOPHOT Serendipity Survey (ISOSS) performed with the ISO space telescope. The follow-up observations include ground-based near-infrared imaging and (sub)mm continuum and molecular line measurements (both single-dish and interferometric), as well as mid- to far-infrared measurements with the Spitzer Space Telescope. The combined spectrophotometric data are used to determine source temperatures T and masses M.
Results. ISOSS J23053+5953 is a massive (M ~ 900 $M_\odot$, luminosity L ~ 2100 $L_\odot$) and cold (T ~ 17 K) star-forming region with two protostellar/protocluster candidates (T $\la$ 20 K and T ~ 17.5 K, M ~ 200 $M_\odot$ each). The low temperatures are strongly confined by the spectrophotometric Spitzer data in the FIR. Interferometric observations reveal that the colder core (SMM2) has a mass of M = 26 $M_\odot$ within a region of 8700 $\times$ 5600 AU and drives an outflow. It also shows signs of infall in both single-dish and interferometric measurements, and its luminosity can be explained by accretion. We also detect a large-scale jet that is traced by H2 emission.
Conclusions.The cold mm-core ISOSS J23053+5953 SMM2 is a promising candidate for a high-mass protostar in an early evolutionary stage and one of the few objects showing both infall signatures and jets as a sign of accretion.

Key words: ISM: individual objects: ISOSS J23053+5953 -- stars: formation -- ISM: jets and outflows -- infrared: ISM -- ISM: kinematics and dynamics

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