Volume 401, Number 1, April I 2003
|Page(s)||L5 - L8|
|Published online||17 March 2003|
Letter to the Editor
Dust emission from young outflows: The case of L 1157
Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM), 300 rue de la Piscine, 38406 Saint Martin d'Hères, France
2 IGN Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, Apartado 1143, 28800 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Corresponding author: F. Gueth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 20 February 2003
We present new high-sensitivity 1.3 mm bolometer observations of the young outflow L 1157. These data show that the continuum emission arises from four distinct components: a circumstellar disk, a protostellar envelope, an extended flattened envelope – the dense remnant of the molecular cloud in which the protostar was formed –, and the outflow itself, which represents ~20% of the total flux. The outflow emission exhibits two peaks that are coincident with the two strong shocks in the southern lobe of L 1157. We show that the mm continuum is dominated by thermal dust emission arising in the high velocity material. The spectral index derived from the new 1.3 mm data and 850 μm observations from Shirley et al. ([CITE]), is ~5 in the outflow, significantly higher than in the protostellar envelope (~3.5). This can be explained by an important line contamination of the 850 μm map, and/or by different dust characteristics in the two regions, possibly smaller grains in the post-shocks regions of the outflow. Our observations show that bipolar outflows can present compact emission peaks which must not be misinterpreted as protostellar condensations when mapping star forming regions.
© ESO, 2003
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