Volume 377, Number 1, October I 2001
|Page(s)||285 - 296|
|Published online||15 October 2001|
Echelle spectroscopy of H2 in the HH 111 jet
Joint Astronomy Centre, 660 North A'ohōkū Place, University Park, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, USA
2 Institute for Astronomy, 640 North A'ohōkū Place, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Dept. of Physics, University of Victoria, PO Box 3055 STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3P6, Canada
Corresponding author: C. J. Davis, email@example.com
Accepted: 3 August 2001
Near-Infrared echelle spectra of the Herbig-Haro knots F-P in the western lobe of the HH 111 outflow are presented. 10 adjacent, parallel slit positions were observed so that the kinematics could be mapped across the width of the flow. We find broad (FWZI km s-1), two-component H2 profiles in the knots nearest the source; the profiles converge to a single, intermediate-velocity peak ( km s-1) at knot P. The kinematic signature of the HH 111 jet in H2 is very similar to that seen at optical wavelengths (from both radial and tangential velocity meaurements). In conjunction with published proper-motion (knot/shock pattern speed) measurements, we interpret the data in terms of a simple geometrical bow shock model. The model infers a high pre-shock velocity, of the order of 200-250 km s-1, with H2 excitation in the extended bow wings in knots L, H and F, though exclusively near the bow head in knot P, with probably C-type shock excitation throughout.
Key words: interstellar medium: jets and outflows / ISM: molecules / stars: pre-main sequence / ISM: Herbig-Haro objects / ISM: individual objects: HH 111
© ESO, 2001
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